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I love making homemade chex mix because you can make it with the exact amount of flavor you want and choose whatever kind of chex cereal and additional add ins you want to use. Because I am gluten free and don’t tolerate corn very well, I stick to the rice chex flavors, but there are still plenty of choices, so you can always mix it up. Rice chex comes in plain, cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla….mmmm 😛

Chex uses whole grains and simple ingredients so it is easy to turn your breakfast cereal into a healthy snack, as long as you make sure the rest of your ingredients are also good for you, or at least in moderation. Nuts, seeds, whole grains and dried fruit are all good choices for a healthy homemade chex mix, and the possibilities are endless! Just make sure you don’t add too much sugar and/or butter which could catapult your healthy intentions into a problem for your waistline.

Last weekend I was in the autumn spirit and wanted to make a chex mix that highlights fall flavors so I thought I would share my recipe. I used lots of cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg along with chex cereal, pecans and craisins to make my perfect seasonally appropriate chex mix.

Bowl of Harvest Chex Mix

Harvest Chex Mix

Ingredients
6 Cups Rice Chex
3 Cups Vanilla Rice Chex
2 Cups Pecan Halves
4 Tablespoons  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light”
1 Tablespoon Honey
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons All Spice
2 Teaspoons Ginger
2 Teaspoons Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Cups Craisins

Directions
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Add Chex and pecans to a large mixing bowl. Melt butter substitute in a small microwavable bowl or mug (put in microwave on 30 second intervals until melted) and mix in honey until dissolved. Pour mixture over Chex and pecans and mix until evenly coated. Add the spice mixture that was set aside earlier and continue mixing until evenly coated. Spread out on parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake in oven for twenty minutes. Remove from oven, toss mixture and then bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Add to large serving bowl, mix in craisins and serve.
Harvest Chex Mix Ingredients
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A few weeks ago my mom had found this trail mix made out of broad beans, coconut and cherries. They had samples (I believe she was at Cosco) and she thought it tasted really good (and not like beans at all) so she bought a bag for me to try when I was up in Cleveland for my cousin’s wedding in August. I thought I would do a little product review for everyone so you can decide if it is something you would like to purchase.

Enlightened Roasted Broad Beans Trail Mix Review

Enlightened Trail MixEnlightened Trail Mix Nutrition Info

Pros: Made out of beans and easy to understand ingredients, it has a good amount of fiber and protein from the beans, it is fairly low in both fat and sugar, and it is delicious combination of sweet and salty but not over powering. Also, it is gluten free, so even people on restricted diets can enjoy it.

Cons: Giant bag, easy to eat more than 1 portion; hard to find

Because it comes in such a giant bag I portioned it out into little snack bags so I could tell how much I was eating, and that did work pretty well for the most part. I have not been able to find it yet here in Miami but I am keeping my eyes peeled for it, because I would like to keep some on hand to pack as an afternoon snack for work. ( I have seen that you can order it on Amazon though, so I may have to do that). But it is a great healthy snack to munch on and I do recommend it!

Have a great week everyone!
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Holiday Spiced Nuts
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Happy Holidays everyone! I thought I would do a quick post today just in case anyone has any holiday parties tonight and they need something quick, easy and of course healthy, to make. Roasted and spiced nuts are a great choice because they are super easy to make and easy to transport. You can also put them in cute decorative jars and give them as gifts.

Nuts are full of protein, fiber and healthy fats and make a great snack food or appetizer. They are great for your heart because they can help lower “bad cholesterol” levels, raise “good cholesterol” and may also reduce your risk of developing blood clots. Many studies link nut consumption to a decreased risk in heart disease and also find that those that eat nuts frequently tend to weigh less than those who do not eat nuts. However, nuts do contain a lot of calories due to their high fat content so make sure you try and limit yourself to about a 1/4 cup portion.

Many roasted and spiced nuts recipes contain loads of butter, and some add a lot of sugar so I wanted to make something very simple with some “I can’t believe it’s not butter light,” a little bit of brown sugar and lots of spices so I don’t add a ton of extra calories.

Holiday Spiced Nuts

Ingredients

1 10 oz bag of whole almonds

1 8 oz bag of Pecan Halves

2 Tablespoons “I can’t believe it’s not butter light”

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Allspice

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Ginger

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add nuts to a large mixing bowl. Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger in a small bowl. Put “I can’t believe it’s not butter light” in a small microwaveable bowl and heat on high for about 30 seconds or until melted. Add brown sugar to melted “I can’t believe it’s not butter light” and stir until dissolved; then stir in vanilla extract. Pour liquid mixture over nuts and stir until coated. Add spice mixture to nuts and mix well until uniform. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread nuts out evenly over the parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes, stirring nuts about half way through for even cooking. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Holiday Spiced Nuts

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