Did you know North Americans are snacking more than ever? In fact, more of the snacking occasions are going beyond the indulgent treats and being replaced by sensible fuel. It seems we are craving easy on-the-go food with our busy schedules. To keep you fueled this season, I’m sharing with you my top three autumn snacks. And I promise you, none of them include pumpkin spice!
As long as I can remember I’ve snacked on almonds and recommended them as a snack. I had a wonderful experience at The Almond Board of California Harvest Tour (sponsored event) this past August. This almond trailblazer mix via almonds.com is perfect to put in a small container in your workout bag and enjoy either before or after your exercise class or a morning run. It’s also excellent for the office, as it does not need to be refrigerated and can be stored at your desk. The chewy dried cherries and golden raisins add an interesting texture combination with the crunchy almonds and sunflower seeds.
Beets are my all time favourite veggie. I love them fresh out of the garden, then roasted or pickled or in hummus. The dark red ones are still my favourite, after trying the goldens, candy-cane-striped and chioggia beets. If you like crunch like I do, try these baked beet chips from marthastewart.com. They are perfect for your girls’ night menu this fall. I recommend serving them with a simple Greek yogurt dip. Need some inspiration beyond pumpkin spice? Easy…In a bowl, whisk together ¾ cup of Greek yogurt, one tablespoon of fresh chopped dill, one teaspoon of Dijon mustard and one teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Serve with a basket of beet chips. Enjoy ladies!
Sliced Pears and Cheese
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is the foundation for a healthy meal plan for the entire family and pears are a delicious part of this menu. Apples are usually the go-to fruit this time of year. This season, shake things up a bit with pears. Adding an artisan cheese to a snack always gives it a new flavour and texture. Keep fueled with a smoked gouda, aged cheddar or fresh goat cheese and a sliced pear for a delicious afternoon snack at home or at the office. And remember to eat pears with the peel to get the many nutritional health benefits including fibre.
Let me know which one is your favourite snack to keep you fueled.
And enjoy harvesting more healthy snacks this fall!