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2 These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

 These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

The holiday season is here! Who’s ready for Thanksgiving this week? We hope your getting your turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pies ready for a family feast. We know we are so excited to spend time with family around good food!

One of our holiday staples is pecan pie. Especially down here in Louisiana, where you can get the freshest pecans you’ll ever eat. Nothing beats cutting into a slice of sweet, sticky pecan pie… except maybe pecan pie energy bites that are actually healthy!

These energy bites are made with just a few simple ingredients you may already have on hand – which means you should make them ASAP. ;) They taste just like classic pecan pie, but are Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan/vegetarian. They’re a great sweet snack to enjoy in a lunch box or when the 3 p.m. slump comes along. The whole family will love these pecan pie energy bites! Let us know if you try them – you won’t regret it.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins or dates
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let them soak for 10 minutes; drain.
  2. In a food processor, place raisins and pecans; pulse until they are finely ground and have formed a paste. Add coconut flakes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
  3. Pulse a few times until combined. Remove food processor base and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Using your hands, form dough into 16 small balls. Refrigerate in an airtight container to store and enjoy.

 

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It’s great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Are your kids back to school yet? It seems to be everywhere – all the stores have notebooks and pencil colors everywhere, “back to school” clothing scales are happening, and easy recipes are what’s needed. Especially easy lunch recipes, for all of you awesome lunch-packing moms out there!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Here’s another recipe to add to your lunch recipe list – Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches! They’re healthy, filling, and perfect for kids & adults alike. I love avocado and its nutrition, so I try to add it in our diet as much as I can. These sandwiches use avocado to replace the mayo used in traditional egg salad. I’d say that’s a healthier swap!

This avocado egg salad is vegetarian, gluten-free, and grain-free. Serve it on allergy-friendly bread if needed, or even in lettuce wraps! I love to pack it with fruit and nuts for a well-balanced lunch I feel good about sending my kids with. Enjoy!

If you need more healthy lunch recipes, check out our awesome meal plans! Classic, gluten-free, grain-free, and vegetarian available.

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It’s great for a healthy school or work lunch.

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  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt (or any plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • 8 slices bread

Instructions

  1. Peel and roughly chop the hard-boiled eggs. To cook perfect hard-boiled eggs, learn how here.
  2. In a medium bowl, add avocado. Mash until completely smooth. Add yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Add eggs; stir until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add a scoop of egg salad to 4 slices of bread; top each with another slice of bread to form 4 sandwiches.
  4. Pack in an airtight container or lunchbox for lunch with fruit, nuts, or crackers.

 

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

Zucchini Taco Boats (gluten-free, grain-free & a vegetarian option!)

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

What’s your family’s favorite vegetable? For us, it’s zucchini! It’s a vegetable I feel good cooking because I know my kids will actually eat it. Don’t you love when that happens?

This summer we’ve been enjoying lots of zucchini since it’s so fresh, especially where we live in south Louisiana. Our favorite zucchinis are the ones my mom sends us from her garden. There really isn’t anything quite like garden-fresh vegetables! Especially when you know they’re grown with lots of love.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Since my kids love zucchini so much, I’ve learned to prepare it in my different ways, from baked parmesan zucchini to zucchini chips to (our favorite!) zucchini spaghetti noodles. This Zucchini Taco Boats recipe is one I can add to my list now!

This is an easy dinner that’s ready in about 45 minutes and packed with vegetables. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, and can be made vegetarian if you choose to use beans instead of ground meat. All the flavors you love about tacos stuffed into fresh zucchini – the whole family will love it.

I hope you get to make this dinner soon; it’s easy, healthy, and so delicious. Let us know what you think!
These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

Zucchini Taco Boats (gluten-free, grain-free & a vegetarian option!)

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 8 zucchini boats
  • Category: Dinner

Ingredients

  • Oil for cooking
  • 4 zucchini
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey, or 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, canned or frozen
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • Salsa and cilantro for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9×13” casserole dish.
  2. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise. Use a spoon or a melon baller to scoop out the flesh in the middle of each zucchini. Place zucchini in the casserole dish.
  3. In a large skillet, warm a little oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeño; cook for 5-7 minutes, until the onions becomes translucent.
  4. Add the beef/turkey or black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, chili powder and cumin; stir to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the meat (if using) is thoroughly browned, breaking up any large chunks. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Scoop the mixture into each zucchini half. Sprinkle the zucchini with cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until the cheesy is bubbly and starting to brown. Serve with salsa and fresh cilantro.

 

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids’ new favorite snack! It’s the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

If you haven’t already noticed, we’re a family who loves hummus. Anything from buffalo chicken hummus dip to BLT hummus cups to even cooking chicken in hummus. If there’s a way to add hummus to it, we’re going to do it!

One reason I love hummus so much is that it’s a convenient, healthy snack that I feel good giving my kids. It’s full of protein and nutrition from chickpeas, plus it’s vegetarian and gluten-free, so it’s very allergy-friendly. I love prepping hummus cups at the beginning of the week with a few spoonfuls of hummus dip and fresh-cut veggies for a snack that’s quick to grab when we’re running out the door!

I like to keep a couple containers of our favorite hummus on hand at all times for snacking emergencies, but when I have time, I love to make my own! You can make it whatever flavor you want and control the amount of ingredients you use. I think it just tastes better, too. ;)

I love using sun dried tomatoes in my cooking, so of course I had to make a hummus version. This sun dried tomato hummus is full of flavor! It’s the perfect appetizer to serve at dinner or a party, or a great healthy snack to have on hand for you and the kids to enjoy. Serve with crackers or veggies for the ultimate dip!

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

 

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • Water, if needed

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients. Blend until smooth, adding a little bit of water if necessary to thin it out. Blend until hummus is your desired consistency.

Notes

Store hummus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

 

10 Healthy Pumpkin Dip - perfect for your Halloween party and goes great with apples!

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip

This Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip is a tasty, nutritious dip that kids will love to dip fruit in, or just eat plain by the spoonful!

Have you gotten into the Fall spirit yet? If not, consider this your invitation to the pumpkin party! This Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip is out-of-this-world delicious and nutritious. It doesn’t have any of the refined sugars, preservatives, or raw eggs like normal cookie dough, so you can enjoy it without feeling guilty–or sick later on.

Healthy Pumpkin Dip - perfect for your Halloween party and goes great with apples!

Pumpkin is full of antioxidants including vitamin A, which is great for eyesight! You can feel good about serving this pumpkin cookie dough to your kids because it’s healthy and they’ll be getting in a serving of fruit. Plus, it’s low-carb, grain-free because of coconut flour, full of healthy fats from peanut butter, and vegan, so it’s a treat everyone can enjoy!

If you’re looking for an even sweeter treat, add some chocolate chips! I never pass on those, of course. You can serve this with apple slices or other fruit, or just put out a few spoons and let everyone dig in.

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip

Healthy Pumpkin Dip - perfect for your Halloween party and goes great with apples!

This Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip is a tasty, nutritious dip that kids will love to dip fruit in, or just eat plain by the spoonful!

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or nut-free butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  2. Serve with apple slices or fruit, or eat it plain.

Notes

For a sugar-free alternative, use a few drops of stevia to taste. Reduce coconut flour and maple syrup to 1 tablespoon each.
For a thinner consistency, add 1 tablespoon milk or non-dairy alternative to mixture.

 

 

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