We all want to enjoy the fall season while we can. A new season may soon be upon us, but there is still time to enjoy a cool evening with a bonfire and friends. For the best fall themed event of the year, you will want to make sure you have delicious, healthy snacks for everyone! Here are three perfect options for your bonfire!
Did you know that there are healthy options for hot dogs? Choose all-beef franks that came from grass-fed cows and make sure that the meat is uncured. Uncured means that the meat was not treated with nitrates. Natural hot dogs are a good source of protein and without the additives and preservatives, grass-fed hot dogs are a healthy choice! Plus, they are easy to prepare, and everyone can make their own with roasting sticks.
In addition to your healthy version of hot dogs, bring healthy toppings. Use whole wheat buns, rather than white bread. Whole wheat will help you meet your daily intake of whole grains. Use organic ketchup, mustard, and homemade relishes too. Here is a very simple recipe for a pickle relish!
1 cup dill pickle, diced
¼ cup mustard
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped.
Combine all ingredients! You can pulse mixture in a blender until it reaches your desired consistency.
Bring a variety of freshly cut vegetables. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, baby tomatoes, celery, and sugar snap peas are all great options. The more colorful the tray, the better! These are easy finger foods to enjoy around the fire.
For dessert, some people will enjoy graham crackers, chocolate bars, and a roasted marshmallow. For the health conscious attendees at the bonfire, you can treat them to delicious homemade black bean brownies. They are easy to make and have the consistency of real chocolate brownies, but they have all the nutrients of healthy beans!
Black Bean Brownies
15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ sugar or raw maple syrup
Garnish with almond slices and dark chocolate chips
Mix ingredients in a food processor until they reach a pureed consistency. Pour mixture into a greased pan, 8X8 is an appropriate size. Level the mixture in the pan and sprinkle almond slices and dark chocolate chips on top. Bake at 350F for approximately 25 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let the pan cool. If the brownies don’t seem to set entirely, leave them in the fridge overnight, and they will set to a brownie consistency.
With a healthier take on bonfire foods, you can enjoy the last of the summer season and warm air with family and friends while still maintaining your healthy habits! For a little extra boost on your weight loss journey, consider using a dietary supplement that contains Meratrim®. Meratrim® can help you reach your weight management goals in as little as two weeks!