Lightened Up Pumpkin Dip: Kid Friendly

Yay, it’s October, so let’s get cooking with pumpkin! Pumpkin is one of the most nutritious fruits, packed with disease-fighting nutrients such as alpha and beta-carotene, fiber, Vitamins C and E, potassium and magnesium. The carotenes found in pumpkin are potent with antioxidants, which promote healthy vision, ensures proper immune function and slows the aging process. My three kids love this dip as much as adults so you may want to make extra. Serve it with apples, pears, gingersnaps or graham crackers for an appetizer or healthy snack. It’s always perfect to make during Thanksgiving or Christmas too!

 

Lightened Up Spiced-Sugary Pecans

Every December I try to find new ways to make spiced nuts. They are the perfect snack during the holidays (that my kids like too), and they make wonderful homemade holiday gifts. My friend, Caroline, gave passed me a version of this recipe earlier this summer when I was working on a recipe development project for a client. What I love about this newly created recipe for Spiced and Sugary Nuts is that there is no butter or oil needed. The pecans are tossed in the egg and water mixture and then drained. Next, you sprinkle with the sugar mixture. I have tried this recipe using cayenne and smoked paprika, and both are wonderful.

So Unbelievably Great Snack Mix: Sesame-Wasabi Cherry Mix

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I had this snack mix last week at my friend, Debbie’s house, and I was addicted. It’s so simple and basic, with the sweet dried cherries, spicy wasabi peas, crunch of the walnuts and salty sesame sticks. This is a great holiday snack as well. The green and red colors are perfect for Christmas. You may want to double or triple the recipe, by the way. Enjoy!