A teacher known for her incredible meal preparation and organization tips shared the quick and healthy snacks that keep her happy all week long.
Katie Lolas from Sydney prepared a number of frozen meals before giving birth to her little girl, Harper, but still makes delicious snacks every week including banana bread, hummus, chocolate protein muffins and a crowd-pleaser – “Twixola”. Discs.
It also contains healthy Tropeaka protein energy bars, fresh fruit, YoPRO yogurt with raw muesli, and trail mix.
A teacher known for her incredible meal preparation and organization tips shared the quick and healthy snacks that keep her satisfied throughout the week while raising her baby
Katie Lolas from Sydney prepared a number of frozen meals before the birth of her little girl Harper, but prepares delicious snacks every week including banana bread, hummus, chocolate protein muffins and a crowd-pleaser – ‘Twixola’ slices
Recipe: How to Make Katie Lolas’ Famous TWIXOLA DISCS
We introduce: TWIX-OLA – my version of a healthier homemade Twix bar. With a coconut shortbread base, a sticky (date-free) caramel filling and chocolate as a topping.
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
pinch of salt
100g dark chocolate, melted
Step 1. Put all the basic ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Let the dough rest for a few minutes before pressing it firmly to the bottom of a parchment-lined mold
Step 2. In another bowl, add all of the ingredients for the middle layer and mix until completely blended and smooth. Pour the caramel on the bottom and freeze for about 15 minutes.
Step 3. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave and pour over the disc. Place your Twixola in the freezer to set
Notes: I tested this with different flours and coconut came out on top! Sore in an airtight container in the freezer. The tray I use is 24 x 14 cm.
“These are the snacks I made for myself this week in case you need a little inspiration for your next grocery store or your next cooking,” said the founder of Balance Bare.
“I find it useful to have healthy snacks on hand because I just know that I don’t always have time to eat a full meal, and it’s all too easy to grab something unhealthy when I’m not preparing it have.”
Katie says she always uses a variety of sweet and savory foods that are nutritious and shares the recipes on her website.
The “meal prepping queen”, as she is christened by fans, regularly shares her tips and tricks and gives practical winter tips for savers and money savers in the cooler months.
Katie said she always uses a variety of sweet and savory foods that are high in nutrients and shared the recipes on her website.
Recipe: How to Make Katie Lolas’ Delicious Homemade HUMMUS
Enjoy this delicious dip with crackers, cucumber, Swiss cheese and / or cold cuts.
1 400g can of chickpeas
1/4 cup fresh lemon
1/4 cup tahini
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
Salt to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons of water
Pinch of paprika for serving
1 small crushed clove of garlic
Step 1. Put all ingredients – chickpeas, a pinch of salt, tahini, garlic lemon juice, water and olive oil in a food processor and process into a smooth mass
Step 2. Drizzle with extra olive oil and sprinkle with paprika – done!
According to the 35-year-old, the most important thing to prepare for winter is to have a well-stocked pantry.
“I buy most of my staples like brown rice, quinoa, black beans and chickpeas from Aldi, or opt for a homebranded Wollies or Coles version,” Katie previously told FEMAIL.
“Quality, taste and nutritional value are always on par with more expensive brands, so why not choose the cheaper option?”
According to the 35-year-old, if you want to prepare and organize yourself for winter, the most important thing is to have a well-stocked pantry
“I buy most of my staples like brown rice, quinoa, black beans and chickpeas from Aldi, or opt for a homebranded Woolies or Coles version,” Katie previously told FEMAIL
What are Katie’s top winter meal preparation tips?
* Get most of your staples with house brand items to save money
* Opt for seasonal fruits and vegetables to save money
* Plan your meal preparation around promotions and in-store sales
* Store frozen vegetables that will last longer and are great for filling smoothies and stir-fries
* Prepare on a Sunday to make sure you have everything you need to eat for the week
Other teacher’s other meal preparation tips include investing in long-lasting ingredients that often don’t cost a lot – and can help you make delicious dishes like stews, casseroles, hummus, and soups.
“I always try to buy fresh and seasonal vegetables to save money,” says Katie.
If you can schedule your meal prep sessions around sales and promotions, you’ll win even more – as you save valuable dollars on your grocery bill.
“Vegetables that are in season include Asian vegetables like boy choy and Chinese broccoli, eggplant, kale, leeks, mushrooms, and potatoes,” said Katie.
“The seasonal fruits include grapes, apples, plums, avocados, pears, oranges and guavas. These are plentiful and available at most local grocery stores for a competitive price. ‘
Katie is also not averse to buying frozen fruits and vegetables that can be tossed well into smoothies, salads, stir-fries, and used on nights when you just can’t be bothered.
For those looking to avoid a winter waistline, Katie said the most important thing to think about is your portion sizes. it portioned in advance
Katie is also not averse to buying frozen fruits and vegetables that can be tossed well into smoothies, salads, stir-fries, and used on evenings when you just can’t be bothered
For those looking to avoid a winter waistline, Katie said the most important thing to think about is your portion sizes.
“I try to cut down on comfort eating by wondering if I’m really hungry or just cold,” she said.
She also prepares food in advance on Sundays, which means she’s never tempted to eat anything less healthy on a Wednesday just because she can’t bother to cook something healthy.
“I cook my weekly fresh meal on a Sunday morning to make sure I have everything ready for work on Monday,” said Katie.
“It takes between 1.5 and two hours, depending on what I’m doing. But I always have my groceries ready so I can start cooking on Sunday morning.
“I prepare five breakfasts and between four and five lunches every week. For a change, I usually drink morning tea at work on Friday and grab something else from the shop for lunch.
“I also like to make healthy decisions on my preparation days. Sometimes I have brown rice sushi for lunch or a sandwich with brown bread, egg and lettuce. It really just depends on how I feel that particular day. ‘
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