Easy, Healthy FALL Snacks!
I never thought I'd say that people living in the dorms had it easy with a meal plan. However, after the past couple months of having to actually prepare all of my food myself, I miss pre-made, buffet style food from the dining hall. Okay, I don't actually miss the food itself, but the convenience of it was nice. I mean come on, after class the last thing any of us want to do when we get home is wait 20 minutes for our food to be cooked and ready to eat. So, since I'm lazy and impatient, I've come up with a few healthy and quick snacks that have been my thing this year. And because it's fall, I thought it'd be fun to share my favorite go-to snacks that are yep, you guessed it, fall flavors/in season foods!! You guys, these snacks are JUST as easy to whip up as reaching for the hot cheetos or tortilla chips are. So keep reading below if you a lazy dude that wants to know about some healthy and most importantly, quick fall snacks to munch on!
1. Apples, maple syrup, and cinnamon- Apples are a great snack for anytime of the year, but especially during fall because they're in season which means ~fresh~! My favorite thing to do is to throw some apple slices in a bowl, pour over some organic maple syrup, and sprinkle some cinnamon on top! Next, toss the mixture around in a pan until the apples are nicely brown and caramelized and eat dat ish up!!
2. Roasted pumpkin seeds- Not only are pumpkin seeds so good for you, but this is actually such a fun snack to make!! First, go to pumpkin patch. Second, buy pumpkin. Third, carve pumpkin all cute and creatively. AND THEN collect all the seeds, throw on some seasoning, and roast away! This is also fun to do because there are so many different flavors you can make. Keep it simple with some olive oil and sea salt, get sweet with maple syrup and cinnamon, or even throw on somethin' spicy like hot sauce!
3. Bone broth- If you live somewhere that gets cold in the fall/winter, bone broth is the perfect chilly afternoon pick me up! It's loaded with minerals that benefit your immune system and packed with healing compounds like collagen and glutamine to repair your gut lining/reduce inflammation. You can drink the broth straight up, add in some lemon, apple cider vinegar, or turmeric, or even add some veggies and make it a mini soup!
4. Nut butter, jam, and rice cakes- this is prob one of the snacks I go to the most if I'm pressed for time because of how easy it is to make! I like fresh ground almond butter, but you can use fresh ground peanut butter! If fresh ground isn't convenient for you, you can use pb2 powder which is a reduced fat, low-calorie form of peanut butter and it has a really smooth consistency! If you don't like jam, you can obviously just stick to the nut butter or even add some honey and cinnamon on top! However, if you do dig some good ole jam, a fun thing to do is find the local jam in your grocery store or at the farmers market and use that! Local/homemade jam is a really great option because it's going to have the fewest amount of ingredients/sugar and it's nice to know where your food is coming from!
5. Yogurt & Fall flavored granola- Last, but definitely not least, a great snack option is some yogurt and granola! I love greek yogurt, but if you're dairy free or just trying to consume less of it, try kite hill dairy free greek yogurt or another plant-based yogurt alternative! I like going to the farmers market or the bulk nuts/grains/granola section at the grocery store and getting those rather than a prepackaged granola just because it has less ingredients and added sugars! Some of my favorite flavors have been caramel machiatto, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon maple! However, if you can't get your hands on local or homemade granola, you can make it yourself or buy an organic kind like Purely Elizabeth! I think their maple granola is perfect for the fall season, I'm dying to try it!