With today being the 2017 AFL grand final day, you may have been invited out to watch the big game (Crows V’s Tigers if you’ve been hiding under a rock).
These times are a great chance to catch up with good friends, relax and enjoy watching the battle for the 2017 premiership cup. It can also be an opportunity for many unhealthy food and drink options to present. Never fear!
Here are my favourite drink, snack and main meal ideas I often pack when heading to a backyard BBQ:
It’s nice to have something a bit more exciting than plain water when you’re socialising. If you want to jaz things up a bit but keep the alcohol aside, try coconut water, soda water or sparkling mineral water with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and 2-3 mint leaves. No citrus on hand? Add 1 drop lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil. Yum! This can also be a mix for any vodka, gin or tequila.
I love this Spring Cleanse snack recipe, as it makes a large amount to feed all your friends. A perfect filler to snack on before a late lunch, with snow peas, chopped carrot, capsicum, cucumber and celery sticks.
- 1 cup (200g) dried chickpeas, soaked in 3 cups water overnight, then drained
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 drop lemon essential oil
- ½ cup Tahini
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- Add chickpeas, bay leaf and cinnamon stick in a large saucepan with 2 litres water and bring to the boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour until chickpeas are soft.
- Drain well and keep the cooking liquid aside.
- Remove the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
- Process chickpeas, 1/4 cup of reserved cooking liquid, lemon juice, tahini, garlic and olive oil in a food processor until smooth.
- Season to taste with Himalayan salt.
This recipe has been the talk of the party when I’ve taken it along for my friends to try! It’s a good idea to make a quinoa dish if you are worried about the quality and cooking method of the meat not being up to your health conscious standard. This recipe has some greens mixed through, so you can enjoy it solo or add to some extra salad and meat if desired.
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 spring onions, sliced
- 1 large bunch parsley, chopped finely
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Juice 1 lemon
- 2 cups baby spinach (optional extra if this is your main salad)
- Let quinoa cooled once cooked.
- Add all ingredients into a large serving bowl and mix well.
Herb and Spiced Meat!
If you are taking along some meat for the day, this one is s a healthier option to replace any sugary marinades with. It is best to cook your meats using stable oils such as coconut or macadamia oil, lard, tallow, butter or ghee, and avoid overcooking (burnt meat is not good for anyones health).
- 1 dried chilli, chopped finely or 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dried rosemary leaves
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground himalayan salt
- Mix ingredients in a bowl or grind together in a mortar and pestle.
- Sprinkle over the meat before cooking.
Chocolate Delights for Desert!
This recipe is a much healthier alternative than the cheesecakes, chocolate and tim tams that may be brought by other guests. Easy to prepare and you can freeze the left overs if you make up double the recipe.
- ½ cup almonds, activated and chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts, activated and chopped
- ¼ cup tahini (hulled)
- 2 tbsp raw honey (optional)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- ¼ tsp vanilla paste
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 7 drops Peppermint essential oil
- Add all ingredients together except for the coconut, into a food processor.
- Blend until well mixed.
- Place coconut onto a plate and remove a teaspoon of the almond mixture.
- Roll the mixture into into small balls and then roll in the coconut to coat.
- Place onto a plate to serve, or put in the freezer for a treat later on.
Have a Healthy AFL GF Day!
Have fun trying out my healthy footy recipe ideas and enjoy watching the big game with your friends & fam today!
Love, health and happiness,
ps. Yes, I am just slight devo that Power didn’t make it through!