Appetizer, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegetarian

Get Spicy & Sweet with Spiced Nuts

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Ohh, these are tasty. So tasty, in fact, that I couldn’t stop myself from grabbing one while they cooled. And one more, and maybe just another… The kitchen smells heavenly while these Spiced Almonds, Pecans & Cashews bake. Another winning recipe from the brilliant culinary mind of Giada De Laurentiis in her cookbook, Giada’s Feel Good Food, the unusual mixture of spices creates a sweet, yet savory combo that anyone is sure to enjoy.

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Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Move Over, Potato Chips

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Welcome to fall! With all those orchard apples you’ve picked, why not stray away from traditional apple pie or apple crisp and make apple chips? It’s a minimal recipe that maximizes taste by baking the apple slices to bring out their natural flavor. So when you’re in need of a snack, look no further but to these healthy “chips”.  I made these yesterday for the first time since last winter, and after baking these and leaving the chips to cool, I left for a post-studying run. I came home to find that my mom had eaten the half the chips! The half empty plate speaks for itself. The Apple Chips are “I-can’t-stop-eating-these” good.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Bite-size “Granola” Bars

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I could eat these Craisin Walnut Energy Bites all in one sitting. They’re so good. Why have I been buying store-bought granola or energy bars all this time? These are just under 90 calories a bite and about 180-270 calories per serving (depending if 2 or 3 bites is a serving). While it’s not that much difference calorie-wise for a commercial energy or granola bar, what is different is that you know exactly what goes into these energy bites: nuts, dried fruit and oats. No added sugar. No preservatives. Nothing you don’t want. Sounds like a perfect pre- or post-work out snack, right? I can’t wait to experiment with new nut, dried fruit and spice combinations. These craisin walnut energy bites are definitely a recipe you must try!

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Smoothie, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Ice-Cream Kale & Raspberry Smoothie

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An unexpected yet tasty combo: raspberries and baby kale. So good blended with Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk and Silk vanilla yogurt that you think you’re drinking raspberry vanilla ice cream instead of smoothie mixed with kale. It was the perfect MCAT study break, as well as a delicious treat for a mid-80s day in Ithaca yesterday. By using already frozen fruit, there’s no added pressure to use the fruit not when it’s ripe, but when you want and need to. The frozen raspberries and bananas add an icy consistency without throwing in ice cubes ( which are a pain to blend). Trust me — you’ll have no idea there’s kale in this!

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