My Account | My Basket | Checkout | Log In
 

Munchy Seeds

Homemade Seedy Cracker Recipe

Posted on 15/04/2015

Homemade Seed Cracker Recipe

As you might have guessed, we’re a bit seed mad and absolutely love adding them into all kinds of recipes and dishes. So as you can expect we’re always on the hunt for exciting new recipes to try and share. We recently discovered this easy seed crackers recipe for, courtesy of Jessice Sepel, nutritionist and health blogger.

 

 

Ingredients

200g sunflower seeds 

60g flax seeds

100g sesame seeds

2 Tbsp. Psyllium Husk

500ml water

1 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line 2 baking sheets with lightly oiled parchment paper or a silicone sheet.

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and leave the mixture to stand until thick and pliable (about 10 minutes).

Spread the mixture as thinly as possible on the lined baking sheet (may require 2). The mixture should have no holes or gaps.

Bake for 1 hour, turning trays after 30 minutes if browning more on one side. They may need another 15 to 20 minutes until they are nice and really crispy.

Remove from oven and leave to cool.

Once cool, break into any size you like and store in an airtight container.

 

Jessica isn’t lying when she says they’re easy to make, as they take a mere 15 minutes to prepare and after a 1-hour bake in the oven, they are done! Seed crackers are one of the ultimate healthy snacks, not only are they good for you, they are so versatile because they can be enjoyed with a whole variety of toppings/dips/dishes, both sweet and savory. 

 

Seed crackers can be enjoyed with virtually anything and to give you some inspiration here is a list of toppings/combinations/dips to try; cheese with homemade chutney, pate, hummus, mozzarella cheese with tomatoes and basil, peanut butter topped with slices of banana, dipped into homemade soups, dollop of yoghurt with fruit on top, the list is pretty much endless…

 

If you have experimented with seeds in recipes, we’d love to hear all about it whether it’s a special seedy recipe you’ve created or simply a delicious photo of the finished dish – we’d really love to see! If so let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

 

[image and recipe: http://www.jessicasepel.com/?s=seed+cracker ]

 


The Vitamins Of Munchy Seeds

Posted on 11/03/2015

It’s no secret that we should all be trying harder to get our fix of vitamins each and every day. They are key to helping both parents and children healthy and active! But, did you know that Munchy Seeds are packed full of them?! We’re always shouting about just how healthy AND tasty our seeds are, so let us explain why they really are so good for you. Here are just three of the most popular seeds from our mixes and the vitamins each seed has to offer… 

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are high in Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress - that’s right, they can help to reduce stress! These little powerful seeds also offer iron and zinc, which contributes to the normal function of red blood cells and haemoglobin as well as contributing to normal fertility and reproduction. Not only that, essential amino acids can be found in pumpkin seeds such as Tryptophan, which has the ability to increase brain levels of serotonin – which can help fight off depression! Lets eat more for that feel good factor! 

Rapeseeds

Rapeseeds, which can be found in our Omega Sprinkles, provide a valuable source of the essential fatty acid Omega 3, which helps lower cholesterol levels and can improve the symptoms of a number of conditions including; asthma, Crohn’s disease and multiple joint problems. Lastly, a 25g portion of our Omega Sprinkles provides you with an impressive amount of fibre (2.5g) and protein (6.7g)! Start working on those muscles! 

Sunflower Seeds

Often referred to as a ‘super seed’, sunflower seeds really do have it all; protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Just like the rapeseeds they’re also a great source of Omega 3, which is a crucial element in anyone’s diet. This high source of Omega 3 is vital to cell maintenance, reproduction and blood pressure. Sunflower seeds are also high in selenium, which is a type of antioxidant, which protects cells from damage. Plus, they’re a great source of Vitamin B1, which aids energy production by converting sugar into energy. That’s why sunflower seeds make such a great snack before a big walk or run!

Now you can enjoy eating your way through our delicious range of seeds completely guilt-free! If you’d like to find out more about the health benefits, visit the page on our website!

http://www.munchyseeds.co.uk/pages/health-benefits 

 


Apricot Kernels — Bitter & Sweet

Posted on 05/02/2015

Munchy Seed’s products contain only sweet apricot kernels which can be safely consumed in considerably higher quantities than bitter apricot kernels. 

 

Background

Apricot kernels have been falsely claimed to contain high levels of vitamin B17 and sold as a natural cancer treatment following unfounded claims on the internet. Recent TV coverage sadly didn’t explain that there are two varieties of apricot kernels which differ dramatically. 

 

Bitter Apricot Kernels

The Food Standards Agency’s scientific committee: The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) reported in 2006, that bitter apricot kernels contain amygdalin, which breaks down to hydrogen cyanide and in high doses can cause acute toxicity. 

Bitter apricot kernels contain approximately 0.5 mg of cyanide/kernel. The COT therefore considered a safe intake is equivalent to 2 bitter apricot kernels a day. However, there is a large margin of safety within this.

 

Sweet Apricot Kernels

In sweet apricot kernels, almonds and in the stones and pips of other fruits such as cherries, apples, and grapes, amygdalin is also present but at much lower levels than in bitter apricot kernels. 

Sweet apricot kernels contain approximately 0.006mg of cyanide/kernel. You would therefore have to eat, at the very least, 166 sweet apricot kernels in a day to approach a dose which the committee currently consider to be the tolerable daily intake (TDI).

 

Only two Munchy Seeds products contain sweet apricot kernels including:

Munchy Seeds - Crunchy Bites

Munchy Seeds - Chilli Bites

These products contain sweet apricot kernels at a ratio of 13%.

 

Based on the COT guidance, an upper limit of consumption of not more than 766g of Crunchy Bites or Chilli Bites per day is recommended. This equates to over 30 of our 25g snack packs per day, which is highly unlikely! 

 

The cyanide levels in our Sweet Apricot Kernels are tested on annual basis.

 

Keep on Munching!

- The Munchy Seeds Crew.


Five Munchy Tips To Help Keep Energy Levels High

Posted on 27/11/2014

We all have those days when we feel as though we are lacking in energy and our productivity suffers, but more often than not there are things we could have done to avoid them! Simple things such as making time for breakfast and allowing time and room for snacks can ensure that your energy levels remain high and you day productive, but we know that sometimes even the simple things aren’t always easy! So, here are five top tips to help!

 

Make breakfast a MUST

It’s easy to fall into the habit of skipping breakfast, either because you learn to prefer the extra ten minutes in bed or because you feel you benefit from getting into work that little bit earlier, but make sure you eat your breakfast every day for a week and you’ll soon notice the difference. A nutritious breakfast of yoghurt with honey Munchy Seeds will help to keep you feeling alert and remain productive throughout the morning.

 

Keep your seeds handy!

If you love adding seeds to your dishes then our big pots are the answer, but our snack packs are ideal for keeping in your desk drawer or handbag and digging out when you feel your energy levels dropping. When it’s not quite time for lunch or dinner and hunger is kicking in, threatening to disrupt your concentration, seeds can help! Our Pumpkin Power seeds are packed full of iron which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue!

 

Take a hike!

You might be under the impression that exercise would only make you feel even more tired and use up even more energy, but a quick walk around the block can help wake you up and refresh your mind. It’s incredibly important to give your mind a well-deserved break - and what better way to do so than by working on exercising your body instead?

 

 

Don’t forget lunch

How often do you promise yourself you’ll make time for lunch, only to suddenly realise it’s 4 o’clock and you’re hungry?! If you make yourself a lunch to look forward to you’ll find it harder to forget about. We love making tasty seed-filled salads and popping them into an old empty Munchy Seed tub the night before. It’s easy to chuck the tub in your bag and doesn’t take up much room in the fridge. 

Stay hydrated

Are you drinking enough water? We can often lack energy simply because we are dehydrated. Dehydration can leave you feeling lethargic and tired, so make sure you drink plenty of cool water throughout the day - not just with your meals! 

 

 

We’d love to hear how you keep your energy levels up during the day - and what seed-filled recipes you enjoy making for lunch, so be sure to Tweet us!


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!


Shopping Basket

0 items in your shopping basket.

View Basket
Delivery Only £3.50 and free on orders over £30!

(UK Mainland Only, not incl. Scottish Highlands & Islands)