Healthy Autumn Snacks

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Everything seems to ramp up when September hits. Children are back in school, and we go barreling down toward the holidays. When the kids come home, they are hungry. In fact, when we come home from work, we’re famished too. Sometimes a little snack is all you need to survive until dinner. Kids on the other hand, are snacking constantly, especially teenagers. No matter who’s in your household, it pays to keep healthy snacks on hand.

This season provides more than its fair share of fantastic snacks that are so delicious, you’ll forget that they’re healthy, and so will the kids. Nothing denotes the season than seeing pumpkins on the porches and stoops of neighbors nearby. Why not satisfy your craving with a handful of pumpkin seeds? Pumpkin seeds are incredibly healthy, and a delicious snack. Grease a cookie sheet with a healthy vegetable oil, say olive or flaxseed, sprinkle with salt, and bake in the oven at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until the seeds are roasted. Roasted chickpeas with cumin and cayenne pepper are delicious too. Why not try them with turmeric and a little salt and pepper? Chickpeas are a fantastic source of protein, and turmeric has amazing anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting properties.

Want to make mixed nuts more fall-like? Take cashews, almonds, and walnuts, mix them together and add cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg. The ideal serving size is one ounce of nuts. Add spices to taste.

Fall is the harvest season when a lot of great veggies are out in farmer’s markets and other venues. Why not pick some up? Serve them raw with your favorite hummus. There are lots of varieties such as garlic, olive, roasted red pepper, and more.

Ever have special, autumn flavored popcorn? Don’t buy the microwave variety as the chemicals that line the bag are terrible for the endocrine system. Instead, air pop popcorn and add pumpkin pie spice. That’s allspice, cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. A small piece of cheese, the size of a nine volt battery, can make this a filling and healthy snack.

Hot chocolate is a great way to warm up this season. Make sure you make yours with skim, almond, or soy milk.

There are lots of unhealthy snacks out there this season, but if you have enough satisfying healthy ones on hand, you’ll be able to feel both healthy satisfied!

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