Matilda muscles in on healthy snack market
MATILDA Marshall's healthy protein snacks have always been a hit with colleagues and friends.
But she never imagined it would lead her to quitting her job and starting her own business making tasty treats.
The 24-year-old runs Muscle Truffles and creates healthy protein snacks for businesses around the region.
Matilda started making the treats at home and bringing them to her office, to give herself and staff a healthier snack alternative.
"Everywhere I've worked there's been chocolate, chips and soft drink you can purchase," Matilda said.
"If you have junk food it can give you a mental fuzz and you can't think clearly.
"I use oats which are a good source of carbs and coconut oil which is good for the body as well.
"The high protein (I put in the snacks) also helps people to maintain a better weight."
Matilda is hoping to get her healthy snacks in local workplaces to give people the healthy option which is missing.
The former medical receptionist said eating healthy wasn't just important for controlling your weight, but also for your mental health.
"It can improve so much in life, from productivity at work and even your confidence," she said.
"When people don't have the options, they go for the easier option (like chocolate); they might not know how to create a healthy snack."
Matilda spends hours cooking up her healthy snacks and is trying her hand at a few new recipes including raw slice.
Meanwhile, her trademark truffles include healthy ingredients like chia seeds, oats, hazelnuts and organic honey.
HEALTHY EATING TIPS:
To prevent overeating, ask yourself, do I want or need this? Train your mind to ask yourself, 'do I need this?'
Prepare your lunch and snacks, a healthy salad and fruit will support your day
Use smaller plates and bowls for your meals. A small plate full of food is more appealing than a large plate that is half empty.