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Autumn Nutrition – 2 Instant Healthy Recipes with the Fall Seasonal Produce

October nutrition

October is observed as Vegetarian Awareness Month, emphasizing the health benefits of including vegetarian meals regularly. October also celebrates other foods like – Apples, Cranberry, Pumpkin, Pasta, Oatmeal, and Chocolate.

In this October Nutrition blog, we give you 2 recipes using the seasonal and popular foods of the month – Pumpkin, Oatmeal, and Chocolate.

French Toast with Pumpkin

With Halloween month here, it is time to experiment with pumpkins. Here is a quick breakfast recipe with pumpkin, which also doubles as a quick snack just in case you want to savor the seasonal produce with healthy options.

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat or Brown bread – 8 slices
  • Eggs – 4
  • Pumpkin puree – 1/4 cup
  • Cinnamon – 1 tsp (ground)
  • Nutmeg – a pinch (ground)
  • Butter – 2 tsp

Method:

  • Take a large bowl and beat the eggs, spices, and pumpkin puree.
  • Dip the bread slices in this pumpkin mix and coat it well on all sides.
  • Heat a large skillet and melt some butter on medium or low heat.
  • Place about 3 – 4 slices of the coated pumpkin bread in the skillet and cook until it is browned well. This must take around 3 minutes on each side of the bread on medium-high heat.

Note:

  • You can drizzle some maple or chocolate syrup on top if required, but check the extra calories.
  • If you want to make it more savory, add more spices like thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, or chili.

This recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts: (for 1 serving)

  • Calories – 237
  • Protein – 14 g
  • Carbohydrates – 25.7 g
  • Fat – 9 g
  • Dietary Fiber – 4.7 g

Instant Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

How good does it feel eating a chewy chocolate cookie that is healthy and can be made in just a few minutes! Make these unbaked chocolate oatmeal cookies whenever you crave sweetness. Indulge guilt-free in this healthy version of a chocolate cookie.

Ingredients:

  • Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Peanut butter – 1/2 cup
  • Cooking oats – 3 cups
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Cocoa powder – 5 tbsp
  • Walnuts – 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Raisins – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut flakes – 1/2 cup

Method:

  • Mix the butter, milk, and sugar in a kettle or pan. Cook or boil for one and half minutes.
  • Add the oatmeal, peanut butter, cocoa powder, nuts, and coconut flakes to this mixture.
  • Combine well. Drop on a butter paper or greased tray as smaller cookies. Allow it to cool before serving.

Note:

  • Use brown sugar instead of white sugar for a healthier version.
  • Use low-fat milk and butter to reduce fat and calorie count.
  • The nuts and coconut flakes are optional. Skip any of them or add other nuts of your choice.
  • You can also spread the mix on a greased tray and cut it into shapes using a cookie cutter. Cool before serving.
  • Though the recipe has healthy ingredients, it is better to eat limited quantities to avoid high calorie intake.

This recipe makes almost 48 cookies. One serving typically has 2 cookies, making this recipe for 24 servings.

Nutritional Facts: (for 1 serving – 2 cookies)

  • Calories – 207
  • Protein – 3.6 g
  • Carbohydrates – 29.3 g
  • Fat – 9.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber – 2.1 g

Recipe idea and source – Allrecipes.com

Post Author: Admin