Healthy Snacks for Cozy Nights

Cozying up indoors is a great way to spend a cool fall evening. The ultimate compliment to that "Can't-Put-It-Down" read or "I-Swear-Just-One-More-Episode" series is an equally addictive snack. The good news is you can always strike a balance between health and pleasure. We've got tons of ready to go options in our aisles that fit the bill, and we've also got tons of ingredients you can use to get creative in your kitchen and make your own! We've shared a trio of our favourite 'base' snacks, that offer nutritional benefits and can easily be seasoned to suit your mood! 

Roasted Chickpeas

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Chick peas are high in fibre and protein, rich in folate, and are a vegetarian source of iron. They also provide zinc, phosphorus, and B vitamins! When roasted, they become an easy to munch finger food, with a satisfying texture and a mild base flavour that lends itself to all kinds of seasoning combinations. Follow the links below for some super tasty ways to dress them up!
 

Roasted Chickpea Seasoning Suggestions

Garlic Oven Roasted Chickpeas
Vegan Ranch Roasted Chickpeas
Crispy Sriracha Lime Chickpeas
Honey Mustard Roasted Chickpeas
 


Popcorn

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While popcorn may often be seen merely as a melted butter delivery system, those fluffy kernels are actually full of fiber, polyphenolic compounds, antioxidant, vitamin B complex, manganese, and magnesium content, which can all work to help improve your digestion, lower your cholesterol levels, and control your blood sugar. It's true that salt and some quality butter is always a winning popcorn topper, and nutritional yeast has muscled in as another favourite addition in recent years, but there are truly endless options to try out! Here are a few we really enjoy: 

Popcorn Topping Ideas

Rosemary Parmesan Garlic Popcorn
Cinnamon Honey Popcorn
Coconut Curry Popcorn
Matcha Popcorn


Cauliflower 'Popcorn'

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Free your florets from cutlery! Cauliflower is another naturally mild tasting food that supports a whole range of flavours while offering significant nutrition. Cauliflower contains  folate, as well as vitamins C , K, B-6, B1, B2 , B3 , and E, and also has vital minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and manganese. Like chickpeas, when the florets are roasted up they become a fun finger food and popcorn alternative. Here are links to some of the flavours we like!

Cauliflower Popcorn Recipes

Crispy Sea Salt and Vinegar Cauliflower Popcorn
Cauliflower Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast and Chili
Paprika Rosemary Cheese Cauliflower Popcorn
Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Popcorn