Well hey there, friend!
Hopefully you’ve survived the Halloween sugar rush and comatose that quickly follows. If you’ve got mountains of fun-sized sugar bombs studded throughout your house and work place, all I’ve gotta say is be strong, be courageous, and just say no. If you must, get it out of your house ASAP.
For me, I bought one bag of fun-sized treats to pass out to my trick-or-treaters. No, I’m not that weird health lady that passes out pencils or pennies…I’m not keen on my yard getting rolled, egged, or forked any time soon. I pass out the real, name-brand stuff.
Trick-or-treating was a beloved right of passage I went through as a child, and so I can live with myself for continuing the candy craze amongst little people. Even as a child, I was sensible enough to not eat all of that candy at once; I fact, I prided myself on having some of it left over as my mom was putting up the Christmas decorations. If a kid wants to find out what happens when he eats twenty fun-sized candy bars in an hour, I think that’s a life lesson worth experiencing. Tough love, right?
For those of you who are coming off a sugar bender (no shame or judgment here- I’ve been there and done that plenty of times), I’ve got a recipe for y’all today that would make a nutritious way to start your day or a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, especially when that vending machine starts calling your name.
Now that I’m settling comfortably into my second trimester, my eating habits and appetite have normalized. Like before I was pregnant, I’m not really waking up all that hungry, nor do I find myself feeling ravenous come 5 p.m. I’m well aware this will probably change come that glorious third trimester, but it’s nice to feel a little more like myself for the next few months.
With that said, there’s been plenty of mornings I know I should eat, yet I’m just not jonesing to down a bunch of eggs or whip up a smoothie bowl (taking those to work=Tupperware disaster waiting to happen). While I can always fall back on a Quest or RX bar from time to time, I’d prefer to feed my little one more complete, rounded meals in the morning.
One Saturday morning a few weeks ago, I was experiencing my normal yet indifferent appetite and trying to figure out how I wanted to get some fuel and nutrients into my body and, thus, into my son. I found myself staring down into a nearly empty pumpkin can, wondering what I could do with the remaining contents. I’d already invented the pumpkin smoothie, yet what other avenue would I explore with this magical, mystical gourd?!
I love apples. I love dipping apple into yummy things. Why not make a pumpkin-based dip for my apples?! Done and done.
I’ve got to be honest with y’all…this recipe is one I’ve never actually strictly measured. I’ve always just eyeballed everything and mixed it together until it tastes right. Super unhelpful to my readers, yes, I’m aware. Yet I say that to comfort and encourage you on how simple and easy this really is!
Could you easily double or triple this recipe to make enough for several snacks, or in my case, breakfasts? Yupper doodle!
Is this delightful enough that you could take it to work for a Halloween, or due to our current schedule, Thanksgiving lunch? Absolutely!(See my evidence below from yesterday!)
Just think about it- protein, fiber, beta-ceratin (vitamin a), vitamin c, potassium, healthy fat (if you add nut butter)- all in one bowl! Talk about multitasking!
Now my dipper of choice has been granny smith, pink lady, and, the mac daddy of them all, honeycrisp apples. However, let’s not ignore the potential that sliced banana or pear could have in this breakfast/snack situation, too. Call me crazy, but I’m thinking some clementine wedges would be utterly delightful as well.
Whether you need a little sugar detox or just want a light but healthy way to start this first day of November, take five minutes (that includes the apple slicing) of your day to whip up this dip. I promise you it won’t be the last time you make it.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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