Category Archives: snacks

Tasty Spiced Snacking Nuts {paleo + vegan}

 

Ohhh hi guys!!! I’m back with another tasty snack recipe for you today! Why is this so exciting? Because I’m a firm believer that the world could always use another tasty snack. A snack so good that it forces you stop doing whatever it is you’re doing and pay attention to all the happy things that are happening on your taste buds. These tasty spiced snack nuts are 100% that snack.

Tasty spiced snacking nuts are so easy to make and just the perfect amount of crispy bite and spice! Clean snacking at it's BEST!

I feel like this time of year there’s just so many opportunities for delicious snacks. There’s football games, movies nights (👋🏼 4:30 pm sunset!), Thanksgiving, Christmas, games nights, potlucks, etc etc etc.

We are officially in snacking season. Also known as I’m going to need to amp up my yoga routine season 😂 But really, I have no guilt about enjoying clean and tasty snacks. Snacks that really give you that moment of pure chill + bliss and FEEL indulgent without actually having a lot of junky ingredients in them.

I actually decided to create this simple little recipe for these snacking nuts after developing something of an addiction to some spiced nuts from the bulk foods section at our natural food store. They are seriously so good and it got to the point where I couldn’t walk out without a little bag of them for my drive home, even if I already had some at home from my last shopping trip 🙄

The ingredients were not so totally horrible, but there were a few extra things in there that I’m not always too keen on including in my diet – canola oil and maltodextrin being the two main ones (WHY IS PROCESSED CORN IN EVERYTHING?!)

So I decided to give roasting + spicing my own nuts a try, and they turned out EVEN BETTER than the grocery store version. Boy byeeeeeee.

Tasty spiced snacking nuts are so easy to make and just the perfect amount of crispy bite and spice! Clean snacking at it's BEST!

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oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dip {paleo}

Hey guys! Back again with August’s guest blog post over at Bitte, a small batch and artisan children’s online store that offers clothing and toys that are unique and built to last. Run by mother and daughter duo, Maia McDonald Smith and Sara McDonald, their store and blog embody many similar values as Nyssa’s Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to be connecting with their audience. I’m also incredibly excited for you to explore their beautiful and sustainable goods – their shop is always the first place I look for gifts for little ones, and I think you’ll see why when you check them out!

Today I’ll be sharing a recipe for oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dip.. Continue reading for the first part of the post, and then click the link below to get the full recipe on their blog!


Anyone else always game for a new and healthy make at home snack? If so, this post for oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dip is made for YOU!

Healthy oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dressing! A salty, crunchy and satisfying make at home snack that's loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

I will be the first to admit that I have something of an addiction to chips. Yep. They are definitely what I would consider to be my “snack vice”.

One of those things that you just don’t keep in the house unless you’re prepared for the inevitable gravitational pull to the cupboard. I have switched gears over the last several years to a more (ahem) “healthier” variety –  if you can actually ever call chips that. Think red and purple potatoes fried in either avocado or coconut oil – thus avoiding all the junky oils that chips are usually fried in. Not to mention all the other no bueno ingredients that are in all the bags that line an ENTIRE AISLE at the grocery store. Guess I’m not the only one with a weak spot for the crunchy salty fix. 

Healthy oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dressing! A salty, crunchy and satisfying make at home snack that's loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

On one recent trip to the store while I was reaching for my favorite bag of avocado oil chips, I heard a quote from Michael Pollan’s book “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” running through my head – “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”

Which, when you think about it really is a brilliant way of allowing you and your family to indulge in some of the treats you love, by making healthier versions of them, and without getting sucked into the convenience of these foods that are so prevalent in our food culture. 

So with this philosophy in mind, I decided to forgo the packaged chip purchase and instead continue my pursuit of anti-oxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, blood sugar regulating, crispy sweet potato GOODNESS. 

I knew from past experience that achieving crispy sweet potato nirvana is not an easy task. But sometimes, when things don’t turn out right the first time, you just have to research, try again (and again… and again… ) until you find success. 

Oven baked sweet potato chips are definitely worth getting right. 

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creamy watermelon chia seed pudding {gluten free + vegan option}

When you’re on your tenth watermelon of the summer, you start to get reaaaally creative with different ways to use it! You’ll see a couple of watermelon recipes coming up on the blog for that very reason. The first of which, is this creamy watermelon chia seed pudding!

A simple and healthy recipe for creamy watermelon chia seed pudding made with minimal ingredients, and packed with juicy summertime flavor to keep you happy and healthy!
 
Creamy watermelon chia seed pudding? Sounds a little… strange, right? It sounded pretty strange to me at first, too. So strange that even though the recipe came out perfectly on my first round of testing, I had to make it two more times just to be sure that I wasn’t making up the fact that it was DELICIOUS.

I actually kind of had to convince myself that this was a good idea. And now, I do believe it’s my job to convince YOU that’s it a good idea, too 🙂

The base for the chia seed pudding starts by blending together fresh cut pieces of juicy watermelon, greek yogurt (Stay with me here. You can also sub in coconut yogurt for a dairy free option), lemon juice, and a little maple syrup to gently sweeten things up. The chia seeds are whisked in, and once their plumped up, the pudding is layered into little cups with fresh berries, and more juicy watermelon.

How am I doing on the convincing so far? 😉

A simple and healthy recipe for creamy watermelon chia seed pudding made with minimal ingredients, and packed with juicy summertime flavor to keep you happy and healthy!

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