A while back, I blogged about the importance of having healthy snacks ready and within arms reach.
- If they’re there, you’re more likely to make the right food choices
- When things taste this good, you actually want to make the right choice.
- When you start to feel healthier and better about yourself, you’ll never look back.
Eat Well + Feel Well = Live Well.
Here’s another snack option, which will make you come back for more. It’s also very filling with a sweet undertone for those of you with a sweet tooth. And it’s essentially a mixture of pumpkin seeds and cranberries. When I found this recipe, it was marketed as “snacks that taste fatty but keep you skinny.” How’s that for healthy.
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 1/2 tsp. canola or olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1 1/4 cups dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds with 1 1/2 teaspoons of canola oil. After mixing, spread them on a cookie sheet (no need to grease this one) and then bake them for 20 minutes until almost dry.
- Remove the seeds from the oven and put them back in the small mixing bowl. Add the following: 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice. Mix it all together.
- After mixing, spread it out on the baking sheet again, where it goes back into the oven for another 15 minutes. Stir the pumpkin seeds at least once to prevent burning. After 15 minutes, or when completely dry, remove from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before adding 1 and 1/4 cup of dried cranberries.