Healthy Fall Snacks

Sliced Oranges with Cinnamon

Sliced Oranges with Cinnamon

This Healthy Fall Snacks list is one that is in keeping with the seasons. Buying seasonal food is cheaper, and a better deal. There are many processed snack treats to purchase, but most are full of ingredients that are not real foods. This list uses real foods that might need preparation, but promote healthy eating habits. Don’t just give into your hankering for processed treats that fill every aisle at this time of the year, but fill up on these healthier choices!

Fall Snacks

  • Chocolate dipped apples: (melt: 3 squares unsweetened chocolate and 1 T coconut oil and add ½ t. Stevia powder to taste. 3 servings)

  • Sliced Pear topped with ½ oz. cheese. (Try Trader Joe’s Creamy Toscano cheese)
  • 2T Pumpkin Dip with Apple or Pear slices

Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Dip

  • Greek yogurt topped with Trader Joe’s High Fiber cereal ( It never loses its crunch)
  • 2 T. Any Bean Hummus with carrots, organic celery, broccoli, or organic pepper strips.
  • Small handful of raisins and 4 walnuts. Use care with dried fruit. Most is full of added sugar. Raisins are not.
  • 4 Dates
  • Plain Greek Yogurt with chopped vegetables mixed in and a favorite spice like cumin.
  • Organic Peach, Nectarine, or Plum with 4 walnuts or 6 almonds.
  • 2/3 cup of Trader Joe’s O’s or High Fiber cereal with ¼ cup milk of choice.
  • 1/3 cup light cottage cheese with fresh sliced pineapple.
  • Frozen fruit smoothie made with 3/4 cup frozen fruit and 1/4 cup Greek yogurt and milk to thin, if it needs it.

Fruit Smoothie with Yogurt

Fruit Smoothie with Yogurt

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup air popped popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon and a bit of sea salt or parmesan cheese
  • 1 string cheese made with rBST free milk
  • Cucumber sandwiches (cucumbers stuffed with 2 T light cream cheese)
  • Handful of organic grapes
  • Celery stuffed with 2 T light cream cheese and raisins on top
  • 1/2 a whole wheat English muffin topped with 2 t. almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce with a few chopped walnuts added

Fall Snacking Celery Sticks

Fall Snacking Celery Sticks

  • Sliced tomatoes topped with 1 oz. mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and a drizzle balsamic vinegar
  • Zucchini slices topped with a slice of tomato and a slice of cheese
  • Bean Hummus with a small whole wheat pita and cucumbers.
  • 1 brown rice cake topped with 1 T pumpkin butter (Trader Joe’s)
  • Celery stuffed with 3 oz. tuna (approx ½ small can)
  • Organic hardboiled egg dipped in cumin or red pepper flakes
  • Sliced oranges sprinkled with a bit of sugar and cinnamon (they should look like flowers)
  • Sliced zucchini, fresh or oven roasted, dipped in salsa

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

  • 13 whole raw almonds
  • ½ banana with 2 t. almond butter
  • ½ cup black beans or beans of choice
  • 1 cup green salad topped with vegetables and 1 T Feta cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Substitute ¼ cup garbanzo beans for the feta.
  • 2 organic corn tortillas broiled until crunchy, dipped in salsa

Your Refrigerator Should be Full of Produce!

These are just a few Healthy Fall Snacks! Many of these ideas are “Grab and Go”. Make up small containers of serving size amounts of dips, and leave them in the refrigerator. Spend your free time prepping these snacks to grab. Portion out small servings of chopped vegetables too. Your refrigerator should look stuffed with produce. Kids love processed food snacks simply because they can grab them quickly. Make these healthier treats easy to consume, and you will not hear complaints from anyone.

Purchasing seasonal food is a healthy choice that will save you money! Practicing healthy diet habits takes a little meal planning and up front work, from healthy shopping to healthy fall snacks, but it’s worth the time and effort.

Happy Snacking!

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