Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

As the leaves change color and the nights cool off, fall is in the air. This is the season for pumpkin everything. Cut the calories from commercialized pumpkin products, and create your own using this pumpkin spice mix!

Pumpkin Spice Mix
Blend 1/4 cup Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground Ginger, 2 teaspoons Nutmeg, and 2 teaspoons Allspice Powder. Store in an airtight glass jar.
  • Add to your coffee for less simple syrups/sugar than those pumpkin-spiced lattes
  • Sprinkle in your oatmeal or yogurt
  • Enjoy with baked apple slices
  • Mix in with almond butter, which pairs great with fruit, crackers, or just a spoonful
  • Control the ingredients and make your own baked goods such as muffins, pies, cupcakes, bread

Halloween Treats

Halloween is approaching us. Before you head to the store and fall into the sales trap of the large snack sized bags of candy, consider some healthy treats. These snacks can still bring a smile to any witch or goblin's face. You can smile too knowing health benefits accompanying these snacks without the added preservatives and sugar/sweeteners.
  • Dark chocolate-covered frozen banana slices: Slice bananas, dip in melted dark chocolate and freeze to perfection. 
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds: Add unsweetened cocoa powder and cayenne pepper for a spicy, chocolate kick.
  • Air popped popcorn balls: Lightly coat popcorn with honey, olive oil and cinnamon, Form into baseball-sized balls.
  • Baked apple chips: Thinly slice apples horizontally, spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for one hour at 250°F, then flip and bake for another hour. Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. 
  • Yogurt covered craisins: Use vanilla or plan Greek yogurt to coat craisins, freeze and then enjoy. 
  • Fall spiced walnuts: Toast walnuts in a skillet over warm heat. When lightly brown, coat with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, then toss a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. 
Simple to make yet sweet, enjoy these horrifyingly healthy treats!