Fall snack pack: Cozy, fall themed treats Posted on October 31, 2016 by , 0 comments

Cravings can be hard to beat, especially when they are backed by tradition and habit. Some people find when fall rolls around that they just won’t be satisfied until they’ve had their mom’s cinnamon rolls or their favorite apple-streusel cake from college. The desire for a pumpkin latte and a cinnamon scone runs deep—we get that. But by being conscious of what we’re actually craving (the spice, smell, or the warmth), we can create fall themed snacks that will celebrate the season and satisfy our cravings without adding on the extra holiday pounds.

Spice it up

You can keep fall recipes healthy and fall themed when you turn to spices before added fats or sugar. Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger—all of these are spices that are fairly common on the fall table. Incorporate these flavors into your daily snacks by mixing them into your healthy foods. You can:

  • Add cinnamon to Greek yogurt for a fruit dip
  • Add a pinch of clove and ginger to your morning smoothie
  • Add chopped apple and cinnamon to your morning oatmeal
  • Sweeten drinks, yogurts, and breakfast cereals with maple syrup

 Heat it up

Fall themed drinks tend to be sweet, rich, and flavored with spices. And when it does start to get chilly, it is oh-so-appealing to wrap your hands around an aromatic hot mug of your favorite drink. You can have all of the satisfaction of a warm beverage without the guilt of the sugar and fat by opting for a lower-calorie fall themed option.

  • Flavored teas that contain ginger, cardamom, or cinnamon
  • Coffee with a dusting or cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Organic, no sugar added apple cider cut with water and heated to boiling

Keep it simple and pure

Some foods are best when they are cooked or prepared as simply as possible. Most vegetables taste best when roasted with just a little olive oil and a pinch of salt. Keep this mentality in mind when creating fall themed snacks. Fall nuts like pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts don’t have to be covered in sugar or chocolate. Instead, try roasting them with a light dusting of your favorite seasoning.

Dress up the table and the plate, not the food:

A festive place setting, table, bag, or appropriately deck-out plate can transform a seemingly ordinary snack into a fall themed treat. Even something as conventional as carrot sticks and celery looks appropriate for the season when packed in a fall themed plastic bag.

Our favorite fall themed snack mix:

You can combine the flavors of the season into a high-protein, high-antioxidant snack mix that’s perfect for your kid’s lunches or your next get together. Best of all, it’s simple to make. Here’s how!

Mix the following in a bowl:

  • 1 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (cinnamon or cayenne pepper both work great in this mix)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup dried, chopped apricots
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup organic, dairy-free dark chocolate chips

What are your favorite healthy fall themed snacks? Tell us in the comments below!