Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Healthy Snack Options on this Earth Day

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Healthy Snack Options on this Earth Day

Good morning y'all!

I feel bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning, completely refreshed. What a nice feeling! And today is Earth Day. What are you doing to help out the environment?

At our house, today is the first day we'll be purchasing our eggs from a local chicken farmer, rather than buying them at the grocery store. I'm rather egg-cited (sorry, I know that's lame)about it! Considering my husband eats three eggs every morning for breakfast, there is no way these eggs will go unused. I will also be planting my seeds starters for my outdoor deck garden.

So, last night on PBS they showed the award winning documentary Food, Inc. All I can say is WOW. It really made me re-think where we purchase our meats, diary, etc. If you haven't seen this, be sure to check it out. It's a thinker...In honor of Earth Day today, I thought I'd give you three healthy snack options.


I know there are many of you out there that go to work each day, or at least pack a child's lunch each day, and you are running out of options. Or you are getting bored. These three snacks are ones we eat at our house, with two of them being a great go-to snack and the other one a hair indulgent, but good nonetheless.

Baked Apple Chips
1 apple, sliced thinly
1 t. sugar
1 t. cinnamon

Coat apple slices with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Spray a baking rack with non-stick spray and place on top of a baking sheet. Place apple slices on the rack and bake at 250 degrees for one hour, or until crispy. Store in airtight container.


Ranch Chicken Dip
1 block neufchatel cream cheese, softened
1 can shredded chicken (or cooked shredded chicken)
1 t. parsley
1 t. seasoning salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. onion powder
1/8 t. dried thyme
1 t. dill

Mix all ingredients together and chill. Serve with crackers or sliced veggies.


Homemade Granola (we eat this as cereal!)
4 c. oatmeal
1 c. wheat germ
1/2 c. flax seed
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1 T. cinnamon
1 1/2 t. salt
1/3 c. canola oil
1/2 c. honey
1 T. vanilla
1/2 c. water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In large bowl mix together oatmeal, wheat germ, flax seed, brown sugar, pecans, almonds, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients over the dry and mix until coated. Spread in large, greased baking pan or roasting pan. Bake for 45 min, stirring every 15 min. or until toasted. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Hopefully these three snack options give you some new ideas. Head on over to Foodie Giveaway for a very Earth Day related contest!

23 comments:

  1. Great post today :) Right up my alley! Definitely going to try the recipes...Especially love the apple one. We always have too many in the fridge. A great way to use them and enjoy them! Thanks!

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  2. I love the baked apple idea! Really great!

    A coworker recently gave me some duck eggs and blue eggs from her farm. They're still sitting in the fridge, they're almost too pretty to eat!

    Very cool about planting your deck garden! can't wait for photos .

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  3. that granola/cereal recipe sounds great. i have zero self-control around granola & would probably eat it all up in one sitting! ;)

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  4. Excellent! They all look great, especially the granola! Happy Earth Day!

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  5. It is a lovely day! A great day to celebrate earth! Great snack recipes! I am going to have to make those apple slices..I think my kids would just love them!

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  6. Great recipes! I love the idea of apple chips. I love apples. Why have I not thought of that? :)

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  7. NICE!!!! check out the make and do I mentioned you :)

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  8. Ally, I can't wait to make the apple chips!

    My kids will LOVE those, I've never made that before!

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  9. I used to make homemade granola all the time but stopped for no good reason. Thanks for the reminder!

    Great idea on the apple chips too, yum.

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  10. Great Snack ideas Ally!
    I've never done apple chips like that before so I'm excited to give it a try.

    ps. I received 'cupcake heaven' in the mail yesterday and LOVE it! Thanks again. I will trying one out soon. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  11. Love that baked apple idea! Never seen that before.

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  12. Happy Earth Day! I love the apple idea! Nothing is better than warm gooey apples with cinnamon. Yum!
    I'll post the recipe for the stuffed peppers tomorrow, by request. ;)
    And yeah, Food Inc., changes your way of thinking, for sure. Makes you definitely consider where your food comes from and what type (grass fed/farm raised/etc.) of food it is.
    :)

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  13. I love apple chips! Never made my own. And that dip sounds really delicious!

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  14. What awesome snack ideas! I am always bored with my packed food, so thanks for helping me mix it up a little. I LOVE the baked apples idea.

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  15. The baked apple chips are a great idea -thanks!

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  16. Ooohhh...granola is my favorite! I can't have it around or I'll do a lot of damage!!

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  17. OH wow! The cereal looks great!

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  18. OH wow! The cereal looks great!

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  19. Love that baked apple idea! Never seen that before.

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  20. I used to make homemade granola all the time but stopped for no good reason. Thanks for the reminder!

    Great idea on the apple chips too, yum.

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  21. It is a lovely day! A great day to celebrate earth! Great snack recipes! I am going to have to make those apple slices..I think my kids would just love them!

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  22. Great post today :) Right up my alley! Definitely going to try the recipes...Especially love the apple one. We always have too many in the fridge. A great way to use them and enjoy them! Thanks!

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