These delicious options will help you power through the season
When you think fall, you might envision warm sweaters and walks through brightly colored foliage. A neighborhood game of flag football. Raking the back yard. Pumpkin picking and carving. These fall activities—in addition to your daily routine of school and/or work—can help you work up a mighty appetite!
Eating local produce is a great way to celebrate the fall. The color palette of hearty and healthy fall foods range from squashes in deep oranges and yellows to red delicious apples, to a range of earthy greens, and delicious brown nuts and seeds. A rainbow of tastes and textures are likely to satisfy those who like sweet, salt or spice. From soups and smoothies to muffins, pies, and breads, there’s something for everyone. Check out the following ideas for inspiration and roll up your sleeves. At the very least, you’ll fill your kitchen with some delicious scents!
Instead of reaching for Halloween candy, these different dishes and treats will carry you through the season with some nutrition on your side! There are endless options to choose from, but here are a sampling of recipes that caught our eye:
- For some of us oatmeal is breakfast staple year-round, but in fall a bowl of warm oatmeal can really get your morning off to a good start. Want some extra oomph in your breakfast, to keep you going? Try this Protein-Packed Hemp and Maple Pecan Oatmeal.
- Did you know you can make your own energy bars? Avoid those store-bought versions with all the additives. Here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Energy Bars. Best of all: all you do is dump all the ingredients in a food processor, press into a pan, and freeze! (Don’t be scared off by the fact that they’re vegan. That just means they don’t use eggs or dairy. Once you see the list of spices, you’ll know they’re packed with flavor. They’re also gluten-free.)
- If one of your standby snacks grabbing a handful of nuts, you might enjoy these recipes for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (6 Ways). Hey—you’re probably going to be carving the guts outside of a pumpkin anyway; why not get some nutrition out of it? Whether you like salty or sweet, there’s something for you. And these seeds are packed with healthy fats, magnesium, and zinc.
- If you like a creamy dip for your veggies, then here’s a fall variation on a favorite: Butternut Squash Hummus. It’s both savory and sweet, with those fall seasonings. And you get the benefit of the lemon, garlic, and protein-packed chickpeas with every bite. Again—prep is pretty simple. Just bake the squash and some unpeeled garlic cloves and them combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Have plenty of apples around after a recent trip to the orchard? These One-Minute Waffle Iron-Baked Apples are a fun way to get that warm and satisfying fall flavor. Just slice an apple, sprinkle with sugar (optional), close the waffle iron for about a minute, and you’ve got a crispy, sweet dessert treat!
These are just a few of the recipes waiting for you to try out this season. You can make interesting, health-conscious snacks this fall that you and your friends, family, and co-workers are sure to gobble up.
This post is part of the weekly blog of the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, located in Manchester, NH. Visit us online to learn more, or reach out to schedule a campus tour!