When the leaves begin dropping off the trees, you don’t have to look far to find a seasonally-themed calorie bomb. But we love healthy snacks. Between pumpkin spice coffee drinks, caramel-covered apples, decadent coffeecakes and sugary Halloween candy, autumn can easily turn into a dietary free-for-all. However, with a little creativity, you can enjoy the flavors and festivities of the season without giving up on your health goals. Here are twenty delicious and nutritious fall-themed snacks, utilizing in-season produce, warming spices, and comforting flavors sure to curb your cravings.
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Baked apples. Core freshly-picked apples and stuff them with raisins, nuts, honey, spices, and a little butter. Bake in a covered casserole dish at 190º C for 45 minutes, or until tender. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt or a bit of ice cream for a treat!
Pumpkin spice protein shake. Blend together your favorite nondairy milk, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ice (or a frozen banana), and a scoop of canned pumpkin puree for a delicious post-workout snack. Add some honey if you have a sweet tooth.
Cinnamon hot cocoa. In a saucepan, heat your favorite nondairy milk with cocoa powder, cinnamon sticks, and stevia to create a healthy warming drink. Be sure to remove the cinnamon sticks before serving
Brie with pear and walnuts. Slice a freshly-picked pear and create your own little cheese plate with walnuts and brie. Gourmet, healthy, and autumn-inspired!
Granola with pomegranate arils. Top your usual bowl of granola with a handful of fresh pomegranate arils. Pomegranates are in season in the fall and they’re packed with antioxidants
Sweet potato fries with curried ketchup. Slice and roast a sweet potato (or use frozen sweet potato fries if you’re crunched for time). Mix a pinch of your favorite curry powder into premade ketchup for a scrumptious dipping sauce.
Baked beet chips. Thinly slice beets (use a mandoline if you have one to protect your fingers), toss the slices with olive oil and seasonings of choice, and roast in a hot oven until crispy and browned.
Spiced roasted nuts. Coat raw nuts with coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little sugar. Roast in a hot oven until toasted and fragrant, approximately 10 minutes. Cool completely before enjoying. Prep some of these on the weekend to enjoy as a healthy, quick snack all week long.
Peanut butter granola apple. This one is as easy as it is delicious. Cut an apple in half and remove the core. Spread each half with peanut butter, then dip the peanut butter side in granola to coat. Instant healthy snack!
Squash cookies. In your favorite cookie recipe, replace half of the butter or oil with cooked, pureed squash. This will reduce the fat content and add a subtle, unique flavor you’re sure to love.
Eggnog superfood smoothie. Whip up a smoothie by blending together your favorite nondairy milk, generous pinches of cinnamon and nutmeg, a splash of vanilla extract, ice, and a scoop of superfood powder. It’ll taste like eggnog while packing a seriously nutritious punch!
Cinnamon roll protein pancakes. Mix up your favorite protein pancakes using vanilla protein powder. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter, and top the finished pancakes with low-fat cream cheese, more cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup. All of the flavor of cinnamon rolls – none of the guilt.
Pomegranate trail mix. Mix freeze-dried pomegranate arils with nuts, pretzels, dark chocolate chips, and other dried fruit to create a decadent but healthy trail mix.
Pear toast. Top a slice of toasted wholegrain bread with cream cheese, thinly-sliced pear, and cinnamon-sugar. This makes a great on-the-go breakfast too.
Beet caprese salad. Create a seasonal take on the well-loved caprese salad by layering cold roasted beets with fresh mozzarella slices and fresh basil.
Pumpkin pie oatmeal. To your usual oatmeal bowl, add pumpkin puree, seasonal spices, and a drizzle of agave syrup. A splash of cream takes this over the top. Try this as a pre-workout snack.
Cinnamon-sugar popcorn. Toss air-popped popcorn with coconut oil and cinnamon-sugar for the perfect at-home movie snack!
Nut-butter stuffed sweet potato. Split a roasted sweet potato and fill it with almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter. This is a sweet and satisfying snack that’s perfect for runners or cyclists who need lots of healthy carbs.
Roasted squash. You might be surprised to discover just how delicious half of a roasted winter squash can be when eaten warm with a pat of butter and a little salt and pepper! Squash is full of micronutrients and fiber and it’s in season in the fall.
Superfood mocha. Make your own coffeehouse treat at home. Blend together warmed milk of choice with instant espresso powder, stevia, cocoa powder, and a scoop of your favorite superfood blend to make a nourishing and delicious mocha.