It is that time of the year again when we transit from the summery heat to the cold nights of winter. Unfortunately, the rise of Autumn also comes with a lot of responsibilities and a very busy schedule that will go on until the Christmas - and even for longer. The kids are going to school and, depending on where you work, your career might start to take a lot of your time in order to prepare for Christmas and the holiday rush. This also means that you will not have as much time to prepare meals for the family and you will often find yourself rushing to get dinner done in time for the family to have something to eat before they go to bed. We have compiled a list of some delicious snacks that you can prepare and have ready for anyone that's hungry this fall - put them on the table while you are preparing dinner and no one will keep asking you how long until dinner is ready. You can even keep them on the table during the day to leave a special treat behind for the kids.
1. Pumpkin Pie Energy Bars
Autumn is often associated with pumpkins, so we thought we'd start our list of snacks for fall with a pumpkin-based snack. These pumpkin pie energy bars have a pleasant taste and is filled with nutrient-rich ingredients. Pumpkin is rich in fiber, it has powerful antioxidants and can even help to control blood pressure. The other ingredients in these energy bars are also backed with vitamins, fatty acids, minerals and other substances that are essential for the human body. In addition, the bars also contain a lot of protein. The combination of ingredients is sure to give you a boost in energy and help you make it until dinner.
2. Mini Pumpkin Pies
If energy bars are not for you, then maybe you'd enjoy a mini pumpkin pie that can be used as an on-the-go snack. These mini pumpkin pies are delicious and nutritious. You can eat them right after they come out of the oven, keep them handy at home for the entire family to snack on or even freeze them for future use. When frozen, the pies only take a couple of minutes to heat up again, then they are ready to be eaten. Apart from the nutritional value of pumpkin, these mini pies are also vegan-friendly and does not contain any kind of animal products.
3. Broccoli and Cheese Bites
Another delicious snack you can make and eat at any time is broccoli cheese bites. These snacks contain the goodness of broccoli, combined with cheese, milk and eggs to form a snack that can be eaten after it was baked or stored in the refrigerator and served as an on-the-go snack. Broccoli is often considered as the world's healthiest food choice and for good reason. Each bite of broccoli contains cholesterol-lowering agents, detoxifying properties and a large dose of vitamin D.
4. Apple Pie Snack Bars
If you are a fan of energy bars, but do not like the taste of pumpkin, then maybe these apple pie snack bars would be a better choice for you. These bars contain the health benefits of apple, combined with a large dose of protein. You can make these snack bars and keep them around the house for the kids to snack on, pack them in for lunch to help you stay on top of your game at work or even take one with you to gym and use it as a post-workout snack. The old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" comes into play here. It is reported that apples can improve your mental health, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels and even fight off obesity. If you want to use these snack bars to support your training routines, you can even combine them with super juices for weight loss in order to give you that extra boost.
5. Maple and Bacon Waffles
Finally, if you are in the mood for some meaty flavor, then we recommend you make some maple and bacon waffles. These are delicious and can be whipped up in just a couple of minutes to be served as a snack. Due to the combination of bacon and maple syrup, these waffles would also make a perfect pre-dinner bite or even a dessert after dinner. These waffles are not your regular ones, as they contain much healthier ingredients - such as almond milk, oats and Greek yogurt. Even someone with an eating disorder would not be able to resist this unique, flavorful snack.
Autumn is here again and we need to adjust our schedules in order to fit in more tasks every day. Work starts to pile up as the holidays are drawing closer, the children have projects that needs to be completed for school and we still have to make the perfect dinner every evening. These snacks are perfect to help you keep the kids out of your hair while preparing dinner and they can even be added to your lunchbox so you can have a healthy treat to enjoy at work.