Oh hello. I know it’s my birthday weekend, but I have a treat for you. The good people at Lucky Snax sent me their WHOLE range of Snax to try on, complete with a bonus packet of Almond meal with quinoa. They must have read my mind because you know how much I love baking with almond meal. So much so that I have created an Orange Blueberry Almond Loaf with it. Recipe below! Plus, you know you love a GIVEAWAY.
I carry nuts everywhere. It’s usually in a little container in my handbag. I make my own mix too- a mix of pistachios, pepitas, walnuts, almonds, macadamias, cashews with cranberries and chopped up dark chocolate. Biggest reason why is that if we are stuck anywhere or I’m feeling munchy, I know I have clean healthy snacks in my bag that I can reach out for. Much better than purchasing a bread roll.
Nuts are one of the best portable snacks we can have. Not only that, I love it that it is nutrient dense- think antioxidants, Vitamin E, Omega 3, fibre. Walnuts helps with inflammation, and almonds contains fibre-plus it’s good for growing good bacteria in our gut. Cashews contains iron and zinc, which is needed for immunity. Brazil nuts, which I think is under rated, contains selenium which reduces inflammation.
Lucky Smart Snax makes snacking even easier because they separated nuts into packaged categories. If one of your goals is to improve on your digestive health, just look for the Digestive pack. It contains oven roasted almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, cranberries, sunflower kernels and pepitas- a choice that is full of fibre. If you are needing a surge of energy for your workout, reach for the Cardio pack which contains Almonds, Sultanas, Cranberries and blueberries. Or perhaps you want some Power at 3:30pm? Go for it with Roasted peanuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts AND DARK CHOCOLATE! I like the Women’s pack too- the raw nuts pack contains Almonds, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts and Cashews. Jumping on the Low Carb wagon? Then you have Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, Pepitas, Almonds and Walnuts to choose from. I can’t forget the Recovery Pack which is so handy for those gym days consisting of Oven Roasted Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts and Pepitas.
Another highlight? I like that they state it clearly at the back of the pack on the nutritional panel that each packet is good for 3 portions. I’m a big fan of portion control. First up, it’s a zip lock pack so nuts remain fresh. Second, it’s easier to tell yourself that this packet should last you for 3 days. Often, if I have nuts in a box, I tend to eat more of it. However, a smaller portion in a bag- much easier to eat less of it. Why eat less? Nuts are still high in fat and calories, so it is very easy to over eat. Plus, I create quite a few dessert, cakes, loaves and slices with nuts hence it is very easy for me to over dose it. Moderation is the key!
So far, the Women’s and Digestive Packs are my favourites. Hubby brought a packet to work too- saves me from packing our usual supply in a small container. I would be honest and say one packet lasts us longer than 3 days- I think probably 4-5 serves?
Back to my creation: another ORANGE CAKE? Seriously, I’m loving the oranges bought from the farmers markets on Manning Road. It is a pity that the season is slowing down. Fresh juicy oranges to boot. Paired with my other favourite fruit.. blueberries. It’s a moist and delicious loaf. It was an experiment that turned out well.
Orange Blueberry Pecan Almond Loaf
3/4 cup of Almond Meal with Quinoa
1/4 cup of coconut flour
1/4 cup of Pecan nuts
1 cup of Almond Milk
1/2 cup of orange juice and zest from an orange
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 cup blueberries
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of baking soda
Preheat Oven to 180C. Whisk wet ingredients together. Place almond meal, coconut flour, pecans, baking powder and soda in another mixing bowl. Fold wet to dry. Adding blueberries last. Spoon into lined loaf tin, topped it with more pecan nuts and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Now for the exciting GIVE AWAY!
One lucky winner will win a prize pack consisting of a prize containing one of each of the products in the Lucky Smart Snax range.
*Lucky Smart Snax Digestive
* Lucky Smart Snax Recovery
* Lucky Smart Snax Womens
* Lucky Smart Snax Cardio
* Lucky Smart Snax Power
* Lucky Smart Snax Low Carb
For your chance to win answer the following question:
Which Lucky Smart Snax product is your favourite and why?
Please include a valid e-mail address with your comment so I can contact you if you are the winner! The giveaway runs for one week, ending at Saturday 5pm, WST 9th of November. This giveaway is only open to Australian Residents only.
NOTE: I was provided these Lucky Smart Snax mixes for review and giveaway as part of a Product Talk by Nuffnang. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.