Category Archives: Snacks

Foodie Friday: Who Says Pumpkin is a Fall Food?

Seriously? Its Friday?  That seems super strange to me.

Since I haven’t worked all week. I’ve kind of lost track of the days. (You can be jealous, just don’t drop kick me, please.)

I worried that I would not have enough time to whip something up for ya this Friday. But, since my internal clock is readjusting still, I had a burst of energy and decided I want to use that energy in my kitchen! :0)

A couple of weeks ago when I was visited my parents, I saw this coveted, precious item on the shelves.

Ahhhh. Canned pumpkin puree.  It is always VERY hard to find puree pumpking (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX) in the store at this time of year. (Well, at least in this area of the country).

Week after week, I stroll down the baked goods aisle..just in case they found an old can on a shelf in the dungeon of the store. (Yes, I would still eat it).

Apparently.. an hour up the road.. there is no such “pumpkin shortage”

So, last night, when I was rummaging through my rather empty cabinets.. this can of pumpkin puree was just staring me down.. begging to be used.

Being the sweet, nice girl that I am, I honored the request of this little can of pumpkin and made a treat.

Actually.. it is more then a treat. It can accompany a breakfast, lunch, dinner. It can be used as a snack.. as a dessert.  Pretty versatile, don’t ya think?!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Squares

Makes 24 squares


  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c. cashews (ground magic bullet)
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut (optional – I used unsweetened reduced fat)

  • Preheat Oven to 350*
  • Mix all ingredients in large bowl (except for coconut)
  • Pour batter into a 13 X 9 inch pan (previously sprayed with non-stick)
  • Sprinkle with coconut if desire
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes

These are not too sweet – but I don’t need my pumpkin goods to be sweet. I bet they would be great crumbled into yogurt!

I’ve been on a kick of entering my recipes into Sparkpeople. And I am never disappointed when I see the nutriional information.  Especially when I concoct a baked good that uses healthy ingredeients.. and is something that I actually enjoy!

Once again, the nutritional stats do not disappoint. Below  – find the stats for a the sqaures made WITHOUT using coconut on top…

Check out that Vitamin A 🙂

And here – the squares with my reduced fat unsweetened shredded coconut:

Just a 3 calorie difference 🙂

I made both – I spinkled a small amount over a portion of my goodies – so I can experience the best of both worlds!

I am totally for eating foods when they are “out of season.” Pumpkin is one of my favorite things to eat.. not in the fall. I am pretty sure I will be enjoying some pumpkin pie oats pretty soon. as I do not want to let a drop of this left-over pumpkin go to waste!!

Any other suggestions for some great goodies I can make with pumpkin!?  Great links?  Feel free to share.. I am in a baking mood!


WIA — In San Francisco

Happy Wednesday! Hump day for all of you that are working (and for those who aren’t.. like me.. you probably don’t even know what day it is 😉 )

There is no way I wanted to miss WIAW by Jenn – so I’ve compiled some of my eats while I’ve been out here in Cali!!

So – going away on vacation for me – does not meet giving up my healthy habits.  I try to keep myself eating healthy – even while away and even if I have to eat out for many of my meals.

So – how do I stay healthy?!  Well, the first thing that I did when we got to San Fran… was hit a up a local little market to pick up some essentials.

I knew that our room had a fridge.. and that there was a microwave available for use – so I could have Organic Instant Oats w/ a sliced banana and the protein powder that I brought from home for breakfast…

I had this oat mixture (here with Strawberries that I picked up at the Farmer’s Market..) for most breakfasts.. while Justin hit up Starbucks for bagels.

I also picked up some carrots – and some goldfish for snacking.  Additionally, I had the chocolate cherry snacks, some (luna, clif, bora) bars, and a supply of apples as well.

Here are a few of my eats from when we have been out!

Yes, this is recycled.. sorry. They were just that good!

Steel Cut Oats made with water.. topped with fresh fruit (and I added Sun Warrior 😉 )

A turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato from Working Girl’s Cafe

AMAZING Hummus Platter – Sun-dried Tomato Hummus, Kalamata Olive Hummus, and Traditional Hummus with cucumbers and flat bread for dipping:

Plain Grilled Veggies with Brown Rice – and a Balsamic Glaze Dipping Sauce on the side.. (Both of the above mentioned dishes were from Daily Grill )

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt from Ice Bee … on multiple occasions..

They may look the same.. but that is ONLY because it tasted SO good, I got the same thing both times! 🙂

This is .. of course.. no where near ALL that I have eaten while in San Fran.. but I am not one to picture all of my meals!!

I do induldge as well.. don’t you worry! I just want to make sure that I keep myself energized and feeling like myself through the whole trip!

What do you do to keep your healthy life-style while on vacation!?

Easy Snacks from Healthful Sense

Hi There!  I’m Lisa from Healthful Sense!

I’m excited to do this guest post for Cait while she’s outta town.

Today I’m sharing some amazing simple & satisfying snacks or mini meal ideas.  Every day is different for me — some days I eat 5-6 mini meals and other days I eat 3 meals + snacks.  On the 3 meal days, snacks are essential!  With breakfast typically around 6:30, lunch around noon, and dinner around 6, snacks help to keep my energy up during the LONG 6 hour windows between meals.

When choosing a snack, it’s important to choose foods that will satisfy your hunger, keep your energy levels up and your mind alert.  High carbohydrate snacks like plain cereal, crackers, and bread that are not combined with protein and fat have little effect on hunger and you may find yourself back in the kitchen looking for more food.  The most satisfying snacks are ones that combine protein + carbohydrate + healthy fat.

Here are my TOP 5 simple + satisfying snacks:

#1 PB + date krispy treat

These krispy treats contain a hunger zapping combination of carbs (dates) + protein/fat (peanut butter) plus other super healthy ingredients.

#2 Banana chia seed pudding (make a batch in the evening so that it’s ready-to-eat in the AM)

Chia seed pudding is one of my favorite mini meals or snacks.  I always feel satisfied after eating this combination of carbs (banana) + protein/fat (peanut butter & chia seeds).

#3 Banana slices (or date) + peanut butter

PB + bananas (or a date) is definitely my “go2” snack when I need something quick.  It’s the perfect pair of carbs (banana/date) + protein/fat (peanut butter).  I also love to pair a handful of almonds with an orange or an apple.

#4 Corn tortilla + LF shredded cheese + pineapple salsa

Hello!  These are amazing.  If you live near a Trader Joe’s you’re in luck.  Buy some corn tortillas, shredded low-fat cheese, avocados and some pineapple salsa.  Simply heat a corn tortilla with shredded cheese + salsa on a skillet and throw on some avocado slices!  This combo of carbs (corn tortillas) + protein/fat (cheese/avocado) will definitely satisfy your hunger.

#5 Greek yogurt with nuts & fruit

Greek yogurt is one of my favorite foods to have as a snack because it’s super high in protein.  Mix in some nuts + fruit (or make fun designs) and you’ve got yourself a satisfying combo of carbs (yogurt/fruit) + protein/fat (yogurt/nuts).

Do you have certain “go-to” snacks that leave you feeling satisfied and energized? 

Make sure to share them in the comments section so we can all get new snack ideas.

Thank You Cait for having me as a guest blogger!

♥ Lisa @ Healthful Sense

Hope to see ya’ll over at Healthful Sense soon!