Healthy fall snacks are a great way to welcome cooler weather. When caring for a loved one, senior, or someone who has a disability, you want to ensure that you make them as happy and comfortable as possible.
That’s why you always look for food recipes that are not only delicious but healthy as well.
Fall is coming up, and that means the people you care for will be craving fall foods. Here are some healthy fall snacks that will satisfy their deepest cravings.
Why Healthy Fall Snacks?
As a caregiver, you know you should feed the people you care for healthy foods, but have you ever thought about why?
After all, when someone is in their senior years, shouldn’t they be able to eat whatever they want?
In a word, no.
That’s because seniors—and some people with disabilities—have specific nutritional needs. And if those needs aren’t met, their food choices may end up harming them.
For instance, seniors are more susceptible to the flu and pneumonia and its effects, but a diet full of healthy snacks can help boost their immune systems.
Conversely, poor nutrition can lead to a weakened immune system making it more difficult to fight these diseases.
Other food considerations are for people who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes. In these cases, those patients should eat healthy snacks rich in nutrients.
They should also avoid otherwise healthy fall snacks that contain a lot of calories, sugar, and trans and saturated fats.
Poor nutrition can also lead to weight gain, bad oral health, immune system deficiencies, and a loss of appetite. On the other hand, cooking with good, organic foods can go a long way for better health.
Healthy Fall Snacks Are a Great Option
Whether you are caring for someone who is bored with the same old food or you are trying to boost the immune system of your ward, healthy fall snacks are a great option.
What’s more, many of the snacks listed below will remind the people you care for of better times. That’s because we’ve included some recipes for a few well-loved snacks that have been converted into healthy fall snacks.
Here are some healthy fall snacks to feed those who you care for this season.
7 Healthy Fall Snacks Recipes
Fall is upon us, and that makes everyone want good old comfort food. It warms us up, and if it’s prepared as healthy fall snacks, it will also nourish our bodies.
You won’t have to persuade those you care for to eat these delicious treats!
Here are seven healthy fall snacks that are easy to prepare and sure to please.
1. Warm their tummies
The fall season puts a chill in the air, and the disabled or elderly often feel that chill more than others. One way to combat it is with this yummy, protein-rich oatmeal.
Here’s the recipe:
Protein-Packed Hemp and Maple Pecan Oatmeal
- ⅔ cup of plain quick oats
- 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds, divided
- 10 chopped pecan halves plus 6 whole pecan halves
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla hemp protein powder
- 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice mix or ground cinnamon
- ⅔ cup of boiling water
- 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup, divided
Gather two bowls. Then add to each one the oats, half of the hemp seeds, protein powder, pumpkin spice mix or cinnamon, pecans, and half of the maple syrup.
Next, bring the water to a boil and add it to the mixture. If you want the oatmeal to be thinner, add some more water.
Stir the mixture and allow it to thicken. Then, add the remaining hemp seeds and the whole pecan halves to the top. Finally, drizzle the oatmeal with maple syrup and serve it hot.
2. Let them eat pumpkin!
Everyone craves pumpkin during the fall, and these healthy cheesecake pumpkin muffins will have those you care for asking for more.
Here is the recipe for these healthy fall snacks:
Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
- 1 ½ cups of gluten-free flour blend or oat flour
- ½ cup of coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- ½ cup of Greek yogurt
- ½ cup of milk
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup of mild-tasting nut butter
- ½ cup of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
Cream cheese filling
- 3 tablespoons of softened cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar
Start by preheating your oven to 180 degrees. Using oil or butter, coat two muffin trays. Then, in a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and baking powder.
In a smaller bowl, combine the egg (whisked), yogurt, nut butter, and pumpkin.
In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar until it looks like butter. Next, add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and combine until no clumps exist.
Spoon three tablespoons of batter into each muffin hole. Then top them with one teaspoon of the cream cheese filling in the center of each. Finally, add two more tablespoons of batter to each hole.
Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to sit in the tray for five minutes. Cool completely before serving. Get ready to hand out seconds!
3. They won’t believe it’s healthy
One of the best healthy fall snacks for between meals is pumpkin hummus. This recipe is so good the people you serve it to won’t believe it’s healthy.
But it has a whopping 28 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin A and 14 percent of the RDA for fiber.
To make it even healthier, skip the crackers and serve the hummus with apple slices, sliced veggies, or toasted pita chips.
Psst: make sure you save some for yourself!
Here’s the recipe:
Roasted Pumpkin and Garlic Hummus
- 1 1/2 cups of pure pumpkin puree
- 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 3 cloves of roasted garlic
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil to garnish
- Sesame or pumpkin seeds to garnish
Roast the garlic by adding it to a small saucepan with one to two tablespoons of olive oil. Simmer the garlic for 15 minutes to intensify the flavor and add a roasted element to the hummus.
Next, add the remaining ingredients (except for the garnishes) to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon the healthy fall snack into a bowl and garnish with oil and seeds.
4. Healthy mac and cheese, please!
Nothing says comfort like a steaming bowl of macaroni and cheese. But many caregivers avoid it because it typically isn’t the healthiest of dishes.
However, when talking about healthy fall snacks, we simply had to include a healthy version of this favorite dish. It’s packed with protein and veggies!
Here’s the recipe:
Healthy Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 box of pasta
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 4 cups of broccoli florets
- 1 cup of milk or milk substitute like almond milk
- A single Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedge
- 1 1/2 cups of reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
- A handful of chopped baby spinach
- Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pot, bring some water to a boil. Then, add in the pasta and return to a boil. Cook the pasta and add in the broccoli at about 4 minutes.
Finish cooking until done, about eight minutes in total. Drain the pasta and broccoli and set aside.
In the same pot, add the butter, milk, salt, and pepper and cook it over medium-low heat. After the butter melts, add in the pasta and broccoli, cheese wedge, and the shredded cheese.
Allow the cheese to melt for about 30 seconds, then mix everything with a spoon. Finally, add in the chopped spinach and toss until it’s melted. Make people happy by serving it warm!
5. Good old apple pie…sort of
Who doesn’t love apple pie? And most people love a good cookie. But when you combine each of these dishes to make healthy fall snacks, you know you’ve got a winner.
Delight the people you care for as they do any activity by serving them these delicious apple pie oatmeal cookies!
Here’s the recipe:
Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup of instant oats
- ¾ cup of whole wheat or gluten-free flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil or unsalted butter
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ½ cup of agave
- 1 cup of finely diced red apple (about 1 medium apple)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk together the butter or coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir the agave into this mixture.
Then, add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until it’s incorporated. Fold in the apple and chill for 30 minutes.
While the mixture is chilling, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
After it’s chilled, drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the baking sheet and flatten them slightly.
Bake them for 13 to 15 minutes and allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to the cooling rack. Serve it and watch the people you care for smile!
6. Chips without the fat
Most people enjoy a crunchy snack at night as they watch TV, but chips contain a lot of fat and salt. Not great things for caregivers to give to their wards.
But with this recipe, you can provide that delightful crunch without all the harmful ingredients. In fact, these healthy fall snacks only contain apples!
Here’s how to make them:
Crunchy Apple Chips
- 2 apples, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Start by preheating the oven to 200 degrees. Then, toss the apples in the sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Next, take out a baking sheet and fit it with a metal rack that lays just inside the edges. Place the apple slices on top of the rack ensuring that no slices overlap.
Bake the apples for two to three hours. Halfway through the baking time, flip the apples to ensure the other side is just as crunchy as the first.
Take the apples out of the oven and set them on a baking rack. The apples will continue to get crisp while cooling. Serve the apple crisps while those you care for are watching their favorite movie!
7. Dip into happiness
Who doesn’t love a great dip? And when the weather starts cooling off, it’s the perfect time to incorporate fall flavors into a dip.
This peanut butter, pumpkin, yogurt dip is just what the doctor ordered when you want to treat those you care for to a little something special.
Here’s how to make this flavorful—and healthy—fall dip.
Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Yogurt Dip
- 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup of peanut flour
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin
- 1/4 cup of the sweetener of your choice
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
Place all the ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well. Serve this dip with apple slices or toasted pita bread. Combined, these all make for healthy fall snacks!
Served: Healthy Fall Snacks
Caring for those you love, the elderly, or people with disabilities can be challenging and rewarding. And one of the best rewards is seeing them light up when you serve a favorite meal.
Bring on the smiles as you provide healthy fall snacks that are not only delicious but nutritious as well.
Do you have any other healthy fall snacks you would like to share with our audience? If so, leave the recipe in the comments below!