Suzy's Snacks

TikTok is the gift that keeps on giving. Recently, CANTA’s friend Suzy Cato has joined the app, and we couldn’t be happier. Suzy shares some of her best study snacks just in time for exams, and we reached out to her to get the low down on a couple of the best. 

Kia ora e hoa  

When you’re studying, especially for an exam, it’s really important that you feed your brain as well as your puku. Good food gives you more energy and helps you feel better for longer. And, preparing your own food, even something as simple as Crunchie Rollups, can give you a break away from the books, which is really important, too.  

Set yourself a schedule with time to study, time to exercise, time to take a break, time to eat and time to connect with others. Keep a water bottle by your side and have a window open (if the weather allows) to ensure you have plenty of fresh air. And most importantly, make sure you have some fun! Studying can be stressful – there’s no two ways about it, especially with the need to achieve.  

I’m always there on YouTube if you need a blast from the past. But keep the end goal in sight, be it the reward of the mark, the holiday after the exam or the job you’re going to go for once you’ve graduated. 

I am so incredibly proud of you. You are living your dream! It might not feel like it now, but without the mahi, your dreams are harder to realise. Remember, everything is going to be okay. We all make mistakes, too. It’s how we pick ourselves up and move on that matters. You’ve got this e hoa. 

Arohanui e hoa. Today and every day. 

Suzy xox 

Crunchie Roll-ups

This is the recipe for a snack-sized portion of Crunchie Rollups – double or triple the mix for even more and change up the ingredients to your own personal taste. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of buttered bread 
  • 1 egg 
  • ¼ cup of grated cheese 
  • 2 tablespoons of finely diced veggies (use a mixture of two or three: capsicum, spring onion, red onion, mushroom, leftover cooked veggies) 
  • 1 tablespoon of finely diced cooked meat (ham, bacon, sausage etc) or meat substitute 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Toothpicks 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  
  2. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Add the veggies, meat and cheese and season with a little salt and pepper. Mix together well.  
  3. Place the bread, butter side down on a board or plate. 
  4. Spread the mixture diagonally (from one corner to the opposite corner) across the slices 
  5. Roll the other corners up over the mixture and secure in place with a toothpick. 
  6. Place on an oven tray and bake for around 15-20 minutes until the egg is cooked and the bread is golden brown and crunchie. 

weetbix caramel slice

This is a super sweet treat that my family have made for decades. 

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 3 Weet-Bix (plain or gluten-free)
  • 1 cup of flour (1 ¼ cups of gluten-free)
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut 
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 125 grams melted butter 

For the topping: 

  • 1 tin of condensed milk 
  • 2 tablespoons of butter 
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup 
  •  200 grams of dark chocolate 

Instructions:

For the Base:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius. 
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together well. Press the mixture into a sponge roll tin and cook for around 20 minutes until the base is golden brown. Leave to cool.

For the topping:

  1. Gently melt the condensed milk in a small pot, over a low heat, until they bubble, stirring regularly. This will catch easily, so keep the heat low. 
  2. Pour over the base and spread it out evenly.  
  3. Once the topping has cooled, gently melt the chocolate (in the microwave or in a small bowl above a pot of simmering water) and spread it out the topping. 
  4. Leave the chocolate to set, then cut the slice into squares or fingers and keep it in an airtight container. In warm weather, it can be a good idea to keep it in the fridge. 
  5. Enjoy every mouthful knowing the effort and the aroha that went into making it and the energy that piece of slice it’s going to give you for the next stage of your study. (One piece at a time, though, okay? Or my next article will be all about exercise!