By Kalyn Concepcion, Healthy Aggies Intern
Happy November Aggies!
As the weather in Davis is beginning to cool down and all the leaves on the trees are changing into beautiful colors, it finally feels like fall! And with fall arrived, the holiday season is just around the corner: cozy clothes, warm drinks, and of course, indulging in delicious holiday meals. While it is super important to maintain a balanced diet, it doesn’t mean you have to skip out on celebratory meals.
Here are a few healthy fall snacks to try this Fall that will help you feel nourished.
- Fall Fruit Salad
Put together a salad with in-season fruits. Cut up apples, pears, and grapes, then toss in some pomegranate seeds. If you want to add more flavor, toss this salad with some honey or lemon juice.
- Air fryer apple chips
They’re like kale chips, but with apples! Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, try this alternative. Thinly slice apples and air fry until crispy. These can be eaten as is or seasoned. For savory apple chips, sprinkle on sea salt, and for sweet chips, toss in cinnamon and sugar. You can also try this with pears!
- Granola energy bites with pumpkin
These quick granola bites are perfectly tailored for fall. Start off by mixing together your dry ingredients: dry rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice seasoning (optional), and anything else you would like (chocolate chips, chopped nuts, etc.) Then, combine peanut butter, honey or maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract. Mix everything together and roll out small granola bites. Let chill in the fridge before snacking!
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
After scooping out the inside of your pumpkin, make sure to save the seeds for a crunchy, savory snack. After washing, removing the pulp, and drying off the seeds, toss in a little olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Roast in the oven until crunchy and enjoy!
- Butternut squash fries
A new take on sweet potato fries: butternut squash fries! Cut up a butternut squash into thin fry-shaped sticks, toss with some olive oil, and either bake in the oven or air fry until crispy. Sprinkle on some sea salt and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Let us know if you have a favorite!