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5 Low-Calorie Snacks for Fall

Easy, healthful, and crave-worthy!

Fruits and vegetables at a farmers market Turn these into wonderful snacks, with only a couple of easy steps
Note: This is our first guest post! Many thanks to pro food writer smallsoprano for sharing these easy and awesome snacks! – AMD

Rather than hit the chips and crackers aisle at the grocery store, reach for fresh produce to make your snacks. Fresh fruits and vegetables are far more nutritious *and* less calorically dense than traditional packaged snack foods, so they’ll fill you up and make you feel good, too. Use some of your favorite fall produce to make things extra festive!

 

Totally the wrong filling, but this is an example of what endive boats look like. Photo: jeffgunn @ flickr.com

Totally the wrong filling (when you use free photos, you get what you pay for), but this is one example of what endive boats can look like  Photo: jeffgunn @ flickr.com

Endive Boats with Pomegranate Seeds 

A healthier take on the usual endive appetizers, which tend to be piled high with cheese. These use just a dab of Laughing Cow® cheese, which has only 35 calories per wedge. 

Break off the leaves of a whole head of endive and arrange them on a plate. Add a smear of Laughing Cow® cheese to each leaf, then sprinkle a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds on top of the cheese.

 

Turkey Cranberry Roll-Ups 

An easy afternoon protein pick-me-up. You’ll love the contrast of chewy dried cranberries and crunchy bits of celery in these roll-ups. 

On a cutting board or other flat surface, lay out four slices of reduced sodium turkey breast cold cuts. Spread a tablespoon of hummus onto each slice of turkey, then sprinkle with chopped dried cranberries and finely diced celery. Roll up the turkey slices, then cut them into 1 1/2-inch thick spirals, securing with toothpicks.

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Coins 

Choose a butternut squash with a long neck if you can. This will mean you get lots of snack-sized coins of squash. 

Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut off the bottom of the squash and save it for later use. Peel the neck of the squash, then slice it into 1/4-inch thick coins.

Arrange the squash coins in a single layer on the baking sheet, then sprinkle them with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Spray very lightly with cooking spray and bake until brown, about 40 minutes.

 

These look deep-fried, but the baked version looks roughly as amazing. Photo credit: jseita @ flickr

These look deep-fried, but the baked version looks roughly as amazing. Photo credit: jseita @ flickr

Brussels Sprout Chips 

If you have two cookie sheets, you can make these at the same time as the butternut squash snack! 

Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the leaves from a pound of brussels sprouts, cutting off the bottom of the stem as you go so that the inner leaves will come loose. Spread out the leaves on the baking sheet, then spray lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/8 teaspoon of poultry seasoning. Roast the leaves until they’re crisp and brown, removing them from the oven to stir every five minutes or so.

 

Apple Slices with Cinnamon Dip 

Slice your apple nice and thin. You can use a mandolin slicer (with a cut-proof glove of course), or a chef’s knife if you’re really good at making even slices by hand.

Cut an apple into thin slices. In a small bowl, mix up a 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of honey. Dip the apples and enjoy!

 

Readers: now it’s your turn!  What easy recipes do you know and love? Please share them with us!  And speaking of sharing, if you liked any or all of these recipes, be sure to tweet, pin, tumbl, or whatever is your favorite. – AMD
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About smallsoprano (2 Articles)
Californian. [Food] writer. Singer. Seeker of balance in life and love. Oh, and my favorite hobby is cooking and sharing healthy recipes -- I hope you enjoy what I've posted here!

3 Comments on 5 Low-Calorie Snacks for Fall

  1. Beautiful recipes and lovely writing! Thank you so much for sharing these! 😀

  2. i love the new layout of this site 🙂 and great post. Will you be committing to more posts on meal ideas. Dinner time is a huge struggle for me (never know what to eat) so just looking for some guidance !

    • Yay, I’m so glad to hear! I, too, am rather happy with the new look. I had better be: it cost me 50 bucks to purchase the theme 🙂

      As for meal ideas: I plan to throw in several of my own, for sure, and I hope that lovely people like you are willing to share your ideas. I want to focus more on building out other aspects of the site at first, but when the ideas strike (or are submitted), I’ll be happy to post them!

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