‘Seedy’ Crackers.

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at seed crackers for ages. I’ve seen them shared by he likes of low carbers and health kick programs, but how could I justify buying a whole bunch of foreign ingredients for a recipe that might not even turn out?

But with a bunch of leftover seeds in the pantry from a lapsed health kick in my house, I finally had the perfect opportunity to do so over the weekend.

These are as easy as combining 1/4 cup chia seeds, 2 cups of LSA (Linseed, Sunflower Seed and Almond Mix), 1/2 cup of buckwheat, 1 1/2 cups warm water and rosemary flakes in a bowl. Then spread it out in a nice thin layer over two baking trays lined with greaseproof paper. I would suggest seasoning them generously with salt and pepper before placing them in the oven. Then simply bake on 180C for 1 hour or until golden and crispy.

I had to adapt this recipe to deplete some of the ingredients in my cupboard, but you could definitely mix this up with whatever seeds and seasonings that take your fancy. Just make sure that you don’t leave out the Chia, as this is what binds it all together.

The irony here is that when I began making them, I just assumed they were low carb. By the time they were in the oven and I was looking up the ingredients in my Calorie King app, I realised that they were far from it. But hey, still better than anything you’ll find out of a packet…

The verdict? They tasted similar to Ryvita crackers, minus that sandy stuff on the outside. They did taste plain, but then again they are crackers and best eaten with something. I think more generous seasoning, and some whole seeds rather than the ground LSA, would have added some more flavour and less carbs to these.

I would definitely tweak the recipe and make these again.

Diabetes Brigades.

I was trawling through my Facebook feed yesterday when I was distracted by one post in particular. It wasn’t the content that caught my attention however, but rather the brigade of comments that accompanied it.

With many schools going back this week after a leisurely six weeks off (one can only dream), the post was providing some suggestions for school lunchbox snacks.

I didn’t think there was anything particularly bad about the items suggested. Most of the suggestions were only small snack sized portions, and obviously not every item on the list would go into the lunchbox at one time.

I knew that if I were a kid, these would sound like pretty popular options to me. In fact two of these suggestions were in my own lunch box earlier that day, which I had carb counted and given insulin for. I imagine that I would feel very comfortable among my friends in the school yard with suggested snacks such as an apple or a yoghurt.

The aggressive comments, however, told a very different story. People felt the need to begin picking these suggestions apart for a number of different reasons, and linking them to all sorts of horrible diabetes end games. These comments were a pretty poor reflection on the community that I have come to know and cherish.

Yet I couldn’t help but come back to the bit about two of those very suggestions being in my own lunch box earlier that day. Put yourself in the shoes of a parent, or any person with diabetes for that matter, who is packing some of these very typical school food items into their lunchbox. How would you feel, reading a brigade of comments shaming your food choices and your parenting?

Now imagine that the person reading these comments isn’t in as comfortable a place as you are with diabetes. Where could that potentially lead you to? Feelings of guilt? Depression? Diabetes burnout? Disordered eating?

Despite how much of myself I’ve shared with you on these pages, it is not my place to give you advice, tell you how you should be managing your diabetes, or be making you feel guilty if your approach to diabetes doesn’t agree with mine.

Diabetes management is a very individual issue, and I truly believe that the foundation should be built on the needs and preferences of the individual. If that means letting a kid be a kid and eat a muesli bar or a handful of popcorn, then so be it. But hey, that’s only my two cents. 

If the suggestion you see online doesn’t suit your individual needs, then you’re certainly not obliged to take it next time.

P.S. I think Diabetes Australia have done an outstanding job on the resource Mastering Diabetes in Preschools and Schools, and I strongly encourage you to check it out here.