Busy days full of work, running errands, chores, meal preparation, and family activities can really take an energistic toll. Fall, in particular, creates more pressure for family obligations. That’s why it’s more important than ever to eat right and replenish your body’s much-needed carbohydrate and vitamin stores.
It might not be enough to eat the standard three meals per day. Snacks can be a healthy addition to your diet when done right, and they can also be planned and prepared ahead of time so that they don’t interfere with your busy schedule. Check out these festive fall snacks to go!
- Chocolate Clementines - Dark chocolate is high in potassium, magnesium, and iron. It has been studied for its health benefits to the heart and brain in small daily doses. So make your daily dose into a sweet treat! Melt down approximately four ounces in the microwave. Cut and peel two clementines (or small oranges) and smother them in the melted chocolate. Set on wax paper to harden in the fridge for a half hour.
- Cheddar Chips - Use a food processor to pulse eight ounces of sharp cheddar and three large egg whites. Add ¼ cup flour and continue pulsing. Then divide the mixture (almost like dough) between two sheets, rolling out both until paper-thin. Freeze until firm (approximately 20 minutes). Then bake 45 minutes at 300 degrees and break into chips!
- Spicy-Sweet Trail Mix - Spread four cups of chow mein noodles with two teaspoons olive oil, a dash of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for five minutes. Cool. Then mix with dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, and your favorite unseasoned nut or pumpkin seeds!
- Oatmeal Raisin Crisp - This is a thin cookie that takes little time to make and is far fewer calories! Combine 1/4 cup oats, 1/8 cup liquid egg whites, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 tablespoon raisins into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds and you have a single, satisfying cookie!
After an afternoon of raking the leaves or a day visiting the in-laws, power up with these healthy fall snacks!Worried about sugar spikes? While these snacks are low in any ingredients that would cause spikes, you might be concerned about other fall treats, big meals, and delicious desserts. Help maintain your insulin levels by using products with the ingredient Zychrome®. For more information on Zychrome®, contact InterHealth at firstname.lastname@example.org.