Cool fall temperatures may cause you to crave cozy comfort food, but thanks to the right ingredients, you can get in the seasonal fall spirit while still eating nutritious and healthy foods. Stock your pantry and fridge with these items to reap health benefits, while still celebrating that festive feeling.
The best way to increase fall flavors without adding a single calorie is to look towards your spice cabinet. Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and allspice will be your all-star spices to have this season. Cinnamon is high in protective antioxidants, may lower blood sugar levels, and may reduce heart disease risk. Allspice, which tastes like a mix of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, is known to lower inflammation and Pumpkin Pie spice, typically made of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, can help with digestion.
When whipping up your next batch of homemade cashew or almond milk, add a healthy dose of pumpkin pie spice to give your mix a fresh flavor. Once you’ve got your flavored milk, use it in your coffee, chia pudding and baked goods.
Bring pie vibes to your snack game with limited edition pumpkin flavored goods. While pumpkin is delicious all year round, many of these snacks are limited edition, so stock up while you can. Check out Bare Pie Spice Apple Chips, Pumpkin Spice Rxbars, Pumpkin Pie Larabars and Pumpkin Perfect Bars.
Mix It Up
Just because it comes from a box mix, doesn’t mean it’s not healthy. Simple Mills mixes only contain simple ingredients. Check out the Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Mix, or take one of the non-pumpkin flavors and toss in pumpkin puree to give it an autumn twist. Pumpkin pancakes & waffles anyone?
And speaking of pumpkin puree, just go ahead and add it to everything! No judgment here. Add the puree to chili, pasta sauces, overnight oats, smoothies and beyond. You can’t go wrong. Thanks to a high dietary fiber count, pumpkin will make you feel fuller longer, may boost vision, lower blood pressure, help you sleep better, and more. Tis the season to be healthy and well rested.
2 Simple Recipes to Try:
Pumpkin Spice Cashew Milk:
- 1-cup cashews
- 3 dates
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Overnight (or for approximately 12 hours), soak 1 cup of cashews in water.
- After well soaked and soft, strain the water and rinse the cashews.
- Add soft cashews, 4 cups of water, 3 dates, and a healthy amount of Pumpkin Pie Spice to your high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add more water and continue to blend until smooth.
Thanks to the softness of cashews, there is no need to strain with cheesecloth. Just by blending you’ll get a silky smooth consistency.
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
- 1 cup Pumpkin Spice Cashew Milk (or other dairy alternative)
- 2-tablespoons chia seeds
- Bare Snacks Pie Spice Apple Chips
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- In a mason jar, mix 1 cup Pumpkin Spice Cashew Milk, 2-tablespoons chia and shake well. For a thicker pudding, add more chia, for a thinner consistency, add less.
- Place the jar in the refrigerator. 15 minutes later, shake the mixture again to ensure the chia seeds are not clumped together at the bottom. Place back in the refrigerator.
- In the morning (or in 3-4 hours), your chia will come out in a pudding-like consistency.
- Top with Bare Snacks Pie Spice apple chips and a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice.