Almost everyone makes cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, but sometimes I like to switch it up and make something else with cranberries. Like this salsa recipe I am sharing with you today! I love classic salsa, but fruit salsa can be delicious too! And why not use cranberries instead of the usual mangoes or pineapple. I like to use what is in season, and cranberries are widely available right now so they are perfect! They have a nice tart sweet flavor, and they actually pair really well with the savory elements of salsa. This is healthy and delicious, the perfect pre-Thanksgiving snack when paired with corn tortilla chips!
I love traditional caramel apples. But what I don’t love is all of the processed sugar that comes along with them. So, I make healthier ones at home instead of buying them! I make a caramel out of dates instead of sugar, which may sound odd, but trust me, it tastes just like caramel and is so much better for you! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for Almond Joy apples (like the classic candy bar, coconut, chocolate and almonds), so I made the caramel a chocolate caramel, then coated it with coconut, cacao nibs and almonds. If you are not a fan of those things though, you could leave the cacao powder out of the caramel and make it a vanilla caramel, then sprinkle it with the coatings of your choice! This is a healthier Halloween treat that you can make at home and not feel guilty about enjoying it!
Many people are carving pumpkins this time of the year, and so why not save the seeds and roast them for snacking on? Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious, rich in potassium, zinc and magnesium not to mention protein and fiber. My Mom always used to roast the pumpkin seeds that came out of our pumpkins, and I like to continue that tradition now. The recipe I am sharing with you today is simple, salty with spices and herbs, and the perfect thing to add to your salads, or just enjoy as a snack. So this year when you carve your pumpkins save the seeds! If you want them even more simple, just toss them with olive oil and sea salt before roasting and eliminate the herbs and spices.
If you are looking for the perfect Fall snack to enjoy while watching a movie or football game, look no further! This Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn is perfect for that! I know you can buy this sort of thing but it is fun to make it at home, plus I like to make mine without refined sugar. This is super easy to make, and so good! It has all of the warming sweet flavors of pumpkin pie! So put those pumpkin pie spices you only use a few times a year to good use and give this s try!
Making your own saurkraut at home is easy, and fun because you can create your own flavors. Not only that, it is rich in prebiotics and probiotics which are good for your digestion and gut health! The recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Fall, because it features apples as well as the cabbage, and it is really delicious! This is good as a side dish, or on sandwiches or, mixed into salads with similar flavors. I like to keep a jar of saurkraut in my refrigerator at all times, because adding it to meals is an easy way to keep my gut happier!
If you have a dehydrator, making your own kale chips is easy, and you don’t have to be afraid of burning them like you might cooking them in an oven. The dehydrator gets them nice and crispy as well because it removes all of the moisture. Today I am sharing my favorite flavor of kale chips with you all, my chili cheeze kale chips! I say cheeze, because they don’t actually contain any cheese, but taste like they do! I use a mixture of cashew butter, and nutritional yeast to create a cheese like flavor without using any dairy. This also makes them more shelf stable. I add in some chili powder and garlic and they are super delicious! If you are looking for a healthier chip like snack, these are a great alternative!
Summer is the time when fresh berries are plentiful, at their most delicious and most affordable. But when the cooler months hit, and the berries go away, I like to enjoy some delicious berry jam that I made with Summer berries! It really is pretty easy to make, and it is the perfect way to be able to enjoy those Summer berries all year round! The recipe I am sharing with you today is a lower sugar recipe, as I try to limit my sugar intake. It is just as delicious as regular jam though! You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Fresh and Natural Foods, including the low sugar pectin!
Fall can be a busy time of the year, so I like to have healthy snacks on hand for when I need something fast to satisfy hunger. One of my favorite things to make for this purpose is energy bites. The ones I make are high in fiber, protein and heart healthy ingredients so I always feel good about eating them. Also, they taste like dessert, so sometimes I even swap them for cookies because I know it is the healthier option. These ones I am sharing with you today are really delicious and have a chocolate base and chocolate chunks, but don’t contain any refined sugars (I use Luv sugar free dark chocolate)! If you need some healthy delicious snacks in your pantry, give these a try!
If you are a fan of key lime pie, then you will love this healthier Summer option, Key Lime Blackberry Popsicles! They are not only really easy to make, but good for you too, with heart healthy avocado to give them a rich and creamy texture, and sweet antioxidant rich berries. They are refined sugar free too, but plenty sweet so you would never guess. The next time you want a refreshing dessert, give these a try!
In the Summer when fresh veggies are plentiful, I like to make my own salsa. There is nothing like home made salsa, and my favorite kind involves roasted veggies! Roasting them brings out their sweetness and flavor, and makes it a little more rich. The one I am sharing with you today contains plenty of roasted peppers, onions and garlic, and it is simple to make because you just blend it with tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice and voila! Delicious healthy salsa that is good with chips for snacking, or serving over your tacos, or even grilled items. Make this for your next BBQ and it will be a hit!