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Growing Seasonal Squash - A Fun Project For You And The Kids!

Posted on 12/11/2014

If your kids are growing tired of swinging on the monkey bars and watching television, why not introduce them to an even more fun and rewarding activity? We know just how hard it can be to keep them entertained, which is why we encourage you to try growing your own vegetables - it’s not only great for the environment, but super beneficial too.

It’s a fantastic process, watching your very own vegetables grow, and there’s plenty to involve the children in, from ensuring the veg is watered and kept healthy, to picking and cooking it! The butternut squash would ideally be sowed in May in moist compost, each seed sowed in small pots and left on the windowsill indoors to grow. Squash grows nice and quickly, so you won’t be waiting around for long!

Come autumn, your squash should be well and truly ready to be harvested (provided you’ve kept them watered!) and it would be wise to pick them before the winter chill kicks in. It’s always best to leave them for a week to ripen before you get cooking, but next comes the fun part!

Once you’ve cut your ripened squash in half, you’ll discover lots of delicious seeds. Butternut squash seeds look just like pumpkin seeds and are just as tasty! Nothing says homemade more than using home-grown produce, so make sure you make the most of every part of your squash and get experimental with the seeds too! Whether you roast them in the oven or leave them to dry out before making some funky seed necklaces out of them, they’re certainly not worth wasting!

We just love making winter-warming butternut squash dishes so we thought we’d share one of our favourites with you!

 

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/superb-squash-soup-with-the-best-parmesan-croutons/

 

Instead of (or as well as!) adding croutons to your tasty butternut squash soup, we recommend adding some of our Pumpkin Power! Did you know that just one serving of pumping offer more vitamin C than an orange?! We look forward to seeing snaps of your season squash dishes!


10 Pumpkins We Wished We’D Carved

Posted on 20/10/2014

Carving pumpkins for Halloween is something everyone loves doing – no matter what age you are! As much as it’s a fun activity it can all get a little bit competitive and we will hold our hands up and say we are indeed very jealous of the following creations. But hey it’s also the perfection opportunity to take a little inspiration for your own pumpkins too.

 

 1. Retro Gaming

Perfect for any gamer, this design is sure to get “Trick or Treaters” attention from afar. Plus, it’s insect like shape is the perfect match for Halloween!

 

2. Roar

 You’ll have to be pretty patient to create this extraordinary carving of a tiger but my gosh the results will definitely be worth it. 

 

3. Na Na Na Na..Batman

Just an absolute must for any Batman fan.

 

4. Urm.. 

Probably a little bit too much for any young ‘Trick or Treaters’ to see but again it’s guaranteed to get you some attention! 

 

5. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

 Great for any young SpongeBob fans in the house. 

 

6. Want fries with that?

Now this really is something. We imagine a lot of effort went in to creating this tasty looking pumpkin – but just where would you put the candles?! 

 

 

7. D’oh

Well you can’t beat a bit of The Simpsons at Halloween can you?

 

8. Duunn Dunn Duunn..

Scarily suited for Halloween

 

 9. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Definitely one that will take a while planning and creating but a smashing idea for any animation/Tim Burton fan. 

 

10. The Amazing..

 One of our personal favourites has to be this Spiderman replica. 

 

Ten very different and wacky carved pumpkin ideas, which we don’t know about you but it’s definitely got us inspired to grab a load of pumpkins and get carving creatively this Halloween! 


10 Things That Should Never Have Been Coated In Chocolate

Posted on 14/10/2014

Perhaps we’re being a little hasty in dismissing these curious combinations so quickly, without having even tried them - especially since we’re so fond of our chocolate covered seeds, but we just can’t get our heads around why someone would ever think to dip these foods in chocolate in the first place! Chocolate does of course have the ability to make most things that big sweeter, but is it really necessary to mix is with the below?! 
 
1. Bacon
Dipping bacon in chocolate might seem like a good idea at the time, particularly for any extreme bacon lovers, but surely the end result is something just a bit soggy, salty and odd?!
 
2. Onion
Why? Why anybody would think to dip an onion in chocolate is beyond us? We can’t imagine how this would taste, and we’re not sure we really want to! (Please don’t try this at home!)
 
3. Carrots
If a vegetable is dipped in chocolate is it still considered a vegetable? Would you have a chocolate covered carrot as part of your Sunday roast? Perhaps it would be best to just eat your veg and then treat yourself to a chocolate bar afterwards instead... 
 
4. Fish
No. Just No. 
 
5. Watermelon
We just imagine this combination to be extremely watery - and probably quite a messy too! 
 
6. Insects
Unless you’re in “I’m a Celeb..” there is no need to be munching on insects whether they are covered in chocolate or not, although we’re sure the celebs in the jungle wouldn’t have said no to some chocolate to sweeten the taste...
 
7. Pizza
We’re all for improvisation, but really? A chocolate covered pizza just seems to us like someone couldn’t wait until dessert... 
 
8. Chilli’s
Chocolate and chilli makes for a delicious combination, and one we can actually say we’ve tried, but simply dipping a raw red-hot chilli into chocolate sounds like a recipe for disaster to us!
 
9. Seaweed 
We know most chocolate-based recipes also include a pinch of salt for added flavour, but surely seaweed and chocolate would make for a seasalt-
overload?! 
 
10. Roses
We know it’s always hard trying to decide whether to gift your loved with chocolate or flowers, but the answer is never to dip the flowers in the 
chocolate!
 
As we mentioned, we’re all for mixing chocolate with other foods to create tasty combinations, but we’re not sure it works with just anything! Our chocolate coated seeds on the other hand, now there’s a combination you absolutely must try!

Ways To Get Munchy Seeds Into Lunchboxes

Posted on 11/09/2014

With the new school year starting, parents up and down the country are getting back into the school run, which also includes packed lunches. Many schools nowadays have lunch policies which ensure children are eating healthy and balanced lunches, which is great but creating five packed lunches a week can often be tricky task when it comes to creating new and exciting healthy options.

Munchy Seeds are a great addition to any lunchbox as they have an (almost) endless list of benefits! Below are some tasty ideas on how you can add them into your child’s packed lunch.

1.  Veg Sticks with Seedy Hummus

Slice up carrots, cucumbers and peppers into sticks (or any other veg your child enjoys) add them into a container, then in a little pot scoop in some hummus. Finally, just before you pop the lids on sprinkle your favourite seed mix on top of the hummus. This is a quick way to add plenty of nutrients and crunch to a healthy snack.

2. Munchy Pasta

Pasta is a great alternative to sandwiches that kids love. The full recipe can be found on our website (http://www.munchyseeds.co.uk/blog/category/recipes) but feel free to make adjustments as you wish. By adding around 50g of Omega Sprinkles to the pasta it provides your child with extra protein, which is essential for muscle growth. 

3. Fruit and Oat Seed Bars 

After a spot of lunch most kids are after something a little sweet and these fruit and oat seed bars are perfect as they contain golden syrup which kids adore but what’s great is that there’s only 3 tbsp as the fruit provides natural sweetness too. This is also a great recipe that can be made afterschool with the kids and it’s perfect for getting creative as they can pretty much add whatever fruits they like.

4. Homemade Seedy Bread

If you’re going to make a sandwich you want it to be a good one and the first step is homemade bread. Just like the seed bars this is another great baking recipe that the kids can get involved in as well. The hard part will just be deciding on what to fill the bread with!

5. Snack Packs

All of our Munchy Seeds can also be purchased in super handy sachets as well as the tubs. The sachets are absolutely perfect for lunchboxes and with a variety of flavours to choose from there’s something for every single day. Kids also love ripping into the packets and tipping the seeds into their mouths!

 

We hope we have given you some ideas or sparked the imagination to create some of your own Munchy Seed recipes – if you do get creative with Munchy Seeds make sure to send us your pics on Facebook or Twitter! 


Cooking With Flax!

Posted on 31/07/2014

How to get your fill of this super seed.

 

First things first, just to clear up any confusion; linseed is the seed of the flax plant, so flax seeds and linseeds are basically the same thing. In this blog we shall be discussing how to get your fix of flax/linseeds with a handful of recipes and a tablespoon or two of tips!

 

To kick things off nice and easy, there are loads of ways to add flax seeds to your diet with minimal effort. You can sprinkle them on top of pretty much anything, for example; yoghurt, fruit, smoothies, cottage cheese and shakes. 

 

However, if you fancy tackling a breakfast recipe that is guaranteed to give you that much needed boost in the morning, then there are plenty of porridge recipes that use flax seeds. We especially love this Apple and Linseed Porridge recipe though we like to add a little extra cinnamon! 

 

It’s worth noting that flax seeds contain high levels of fibre, which is great news for the digestive system. Although do be aware if you suddenly introduce high fibre foods to your diet to drink plenty of water. And remember the more you chew your seeds the more nutrients you will obtain! Munch on!

 

Like everyone else sometimes we just can’t resist a sweet treat but our very own pancake recipe gives you the best of both worlds. You get to tuck into deliciously fluffy and sweet pancakes with a generous sprinkling of flax seeds on top too. This way you get your sweet treat as well as healthy nutrients that the body will love.

The great thing about flax seeds – or any seeds for that matter - is that they can literally be added in to pretty much any recipe. And if you need a little more inspiration or fancy drooling over some delicious looking food then check out this Pinterest board full of Flax seed recipes!


Inside Munchy Seeds: What Each Nutrient Does

Posted on 17/07/2014

We have a wide variety of different Munchy Seeds products but the common seeds that pop up in most of the products are sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. All of these seeds are absolutely bursting with goodness so we’re going to explain all the glorious benefits of seeds and how they can help you day to day and your health.

 

 

Protein

Firstly, and often some find surprising but seeds can actually be great sources of protein. Are very own Chilli Bites containing a combination of sunflower and pumpkin seeds have an impressive 26.9g of protein in every 100g. Protein in our diets is essential for growth and repair of the body, plus protein also provides us with energy.

 

 

Antioxidants

The majority of our seeds are packed with antioxidants too, which is a word we all hear quite often but are often puzzled as to what they exactly do. Firstly, antioxidants fight against oxidative stress and free radicals. Oxidation is a natural process but enjoying a diet with plenty of antioxidants helps keep the levels of free radicals low in your body, basically the lower your levels the less stress you will have.

 

Some research shows that antioxidants can actually reduce signs of aging and wrinkles by preserving the skins texture. Other research also indicates that antioxidants can also prevent particular diseases including cancer, immune dysfunction and Alzheimer’s.

 

Calcium

All of our seeds contain good levels of calcium, especially our Omega Sprinkles as they contain 23.8mg in just 25g. Most of us are aware calcium plays a vital role when it comes to strong bones and teeth. But research also shows calcium can help manage blood pressure and too little calcium can lead to nasty conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis.

 

Fibre

Seeds have naturally high fibre levels, which do wonders for your digestive system, help lower cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels.

 

Omega 3

Omega 3 Fatty acids contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and the functioning of the heart. Omega 3 is crucial to any diet as the body can’t always produce enough itself, which is why they often get called “essential” fatty acids.

 

So there are some brief explanations behind all the nutrients and goodness in our Munchy Seeds but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s it.. There are still plenty more benefits oozing from our seeds and if you don’t believe us check out the “Health Benefits” http://www.munchyseeds.co.uk/pages/health-benefitssection on our website!


A History Of Seeds

Posted on 23/06/2014

A History of Seeds

 

Seeds. They have been around for as long as any of us can remember: whether we’re garnishing salads, mixing into recipes or simply enjoying on their own. But do any of us really know our seed history? We’ve picked three very special seeds and explored each of their history..

 

Sunflower Seeds

First up the very popular sunflower seeds. The sunflower originated in North America although sunflower seeds were commercialised in years to come in Russia. However, it was Indian tribes who were the first to use the sunflower seeds. Often grounded or pounded into flour, which would then be added into cake or bread mixtures. Some tribes even added it to various vegetable dishes but also the majority of tribes would crack open the sunflower seeds and enjoy them on their own as a snack.

Shortly after, Indian tribes began squeezing the oils out of sunflower seeds, which they would also add into their cooking and bread mixtures. By 1830 sunflower oil was produced on a large commercial scale throughout Russia. The Russians sunflower seeds and oil quickly travelled the world, reaching America in the 1880’s.

 

Sesame Seeds

The earliest record of sesame seeds being used as food comes from an Assyrian myth that claims the Gods drank sesame wine the night before they created the Earth. Although, with sesame seeds being the oldest garnish there are many records dating back 5,000 years of different people using it throughout countries. The Chinese used to burn the sesame oil for a light source and African slaves brought them back to America, although they referred to them as “Benne’ Seeds” and quickly sesame seeds became a popular ingredient in Southern American food.

As sesame seeds are well known for their oils they were used in some of the earliest recorded condiments and are still used to this day as oil for cooking.

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are native to America with the word “pepita” being strongly linked to the plant and its Mexican heritage. The Spanish phrase “pepita de calabaza” means “little seed of squash”. Pumpkin seeds were a celebrated food amongst Native American Tribes, treasured for dietary and medical properties. It’s great popularity in America didn’t take long to spread around the world and the seeds quickly became part of everyday cooking and eating throughout Europe, with India and Asia being particularly drawn to their medical properties too.

There you have it, a little bit of history into three of our favourite seeds of all time. If all this seed talk has made you a little peckish or you fancy getting creative in the kitchen with seed recipes then head over to our online shop, to our extensive variety of seeds which are enough to inspire any serious snacker or chef! 


Day For Dad

Posted on 09/06/2014

 

With Fathers Day quickly approaching (Sunday 15th June – if any of you had forgotten!) it is time to start planning what to do for the day. To get the ball rolling we have come up with a list of 10 possible places/activities to do or see with Dad.

 

1. Marwell Zoo (http://www.marwell.org.uk/)

If Dad’s into a bit of monkeying around then a day trip to the zoo is perfect and Marwell Zoo has plenty on offer to keep the whole family occupied.

2. Family Bike Ride

If you fancy saving a bit of money then why not head out on a simple family bike ride? Pack a tasty picnic and plenty of drinks and you’re sorted for the day!

3. Beaulieu (http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/)

Is Dad a bit of a motor maniac? Then pop down to Beaulieu: the world famous National Motor Museum as well as loads on offer for all the family. Although we’re sure Dad will love the “World of Top Gear” attraction there!

4. Homemade Breakfast In Bed

Whatever you are up to, you can’t go wrong with a delicious breakfast. A traditional full English always goes down well but you could get creative with the kids and make some homemade pancakes and get the kids to personalise them with toppings!

5. Science Museum (http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/)

London’s Science Museum is a great day out for all the family and to enter it’s absolutely free! Meaning more money to treat the family to something in the gift shop or a tasty treat afterwards.

6. Spot of footie? Fishing? Golf?

We all know Dad’s have their one favourite hobby, so why not make Fathers Day the best day by dedicating a whole day to something Dad loves.

7. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/museum_and_tours/)

Is Dad a bit of a tennis fanatic? Then Wimbledon Museum will be right up his street plus, you can even get a guided tour!

8. Family BBQ

Obviously weather dependent but after a day dedicated to Dad a decent family BBQ is on the cards but be sure to stock up on all of Dad’s favourites!

9. Open Gardens Squares Weekend (http://www.opensquares.org/)

Got a green-fingered Father? Then go and explore over 200 gardens over Fathers Day weekend! 

10. Seaside and Fish & Chips

Similar to the family BBQ idea being weather dependent but if it is a sunny day then a trip to the seaside is ideal as you can tuck into a portion of delicious fish and chips whilst admiring the views.

 

Whatever you get up to for Fathers Day we hope you enjoy it and also hope our list of ideas has inspired you! 


Easter Celebrations Around The World

Posted on 16/04/2014

Easter is the perfect time to fill your face with endless amounts of chocolate, especially if you gave it up for Lent. We all know how we celebrate Easter in this country but what about others?

 

Germany

Similar to us, Germans enjoy fish dishes on Good Friday then attend a service at church on Sunday. Sunday is known as ‘Family Day’ where they enjoy a Sunday lunch and cake shaped like a lamb.

An Easter tradition they also have is the Easter Fire, where they grab all the old Christmas trees and burn them in a special place. This symbolises cleaning away the last signs of winter and welcoming spring.

 

America

Most Americans spend it at a traditional church service then with family, to celebrate the festivities. In large cities including New York parades are held which often includes children wearing Easter bonnets. The parade is led by someone carrying a candle or cross too. Food is also a big part of the celebrations especially on Easter Sunday!

 

Italy

Easter is often known as La Pasqua in Italy. During Easter you can hear church bells ringing up until the Thursday before Good Friday, which is when they go silent for a few days as people remember the death of Jesus. The bells ring out again on the morning of Easter Sunday showing that Jesus is alive again.

On Easter Sunday many children find eggs scattered throughout their house and garden and go on an Easter Egg Hunt to find them all. Pretzels were in actual fact an original food that was made and eaten during Easter, as the twisted shape was supposed to represent arms crossed in prayer.

 

Whatever you get up to this Easter whether it’s going to church, seeing family or friends or tucking into chocolate we hope you enjoy it!


The Breakfast Breakdown

Posted on 07/04/2014

 

Whilst munching on your cereals early in the morning did you ever wonder what different types or styles of breakfast there were? What do people in other countries eat? Well, you can stop wondering and read on as we have the breakfast breakdown for you!

 

Continental Breakfast

 

First up is the continental, something you often see on the breakfast menus of hotels. It’s one of the lighter breakfasts you can enjoy which generally includes coffee, teas, fresh juices, fruit and a variety of tempting pastries.

 

English Breakfast

 

Next up the beloved and possible food coma inducing English breakfast. Every now and then you just can’t say no to a mouth watering large plate of crispy bacon, sausages, fried mushrooms, eggs and bread. Can you?

 

American Breakfast

If you thought the English was big then you’re in for a shock with the American breakfast. Just like the English, American breakfasts offer sausages, bacon, eggs and bread. But that isn’t where it ends, oh no, next come the heavenly pancakes with syrup (we can hear our bellies rumbling already!).

 

French Breakfast

 

It wouldn’t be right if fresh bread or pastries weren’t on the menu for a French breakfast, especially the ever popular croissant. French breakfasts consist of fresh baguettes and pastries served with butter and jams. All washed down with a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

 

Now we can imagine these descriptions have got you a bit peckish, you might even fancy some pancakes – we don’t blame you! If so head over to our recipes section where we have a whole variety of delicious recipes that all use our beloved Munchy Seeds. Our fluffy pancake recipe with juicy raspberries and Honey seeds is a MUST! 


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