Crispy Chickpeas

I love crispy, seasoned chickpeas! They are crunchy and delicious and make the perfect savory snack. I eat them like chips or like topping them over a salad. This simple recipe only requires chickpeas, avocado oil, and spices. You do need an air fryer to make this recipe. Recipe is gluten free and vegan and can be made in less than 20 minutes!

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Healthier Halloween Treats

If you’ve been following my page, you know that I’ve been posting healthier Halloween treats for awhile now. I love Halloween! It is one of my favorite holidays. Given the climate of COVID this year, many of us may be celebrating Halloween in our own homes and maybe making our own Halloween treats. In this post I share some better ingredients that can be used to make Halloween candy. I will also share some healthier Halloween candy recipes that taste delicious, but are also super easy to make!

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Is The Keto Diet Healthy?

Since I’ve started studying nutrition, hands down the most common question I get asked is about the ketogenic diet for weight loss. I’ve previously discussed this on my instagram story (@wellbymel_), but since I get asked this so often, I also wanted to write a blog post on this topic. This post will discuss the ketogenic diet and some considerations for the diet when used for the purpose of weight loss.

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Apple Cinnamon Oats

Have you been apple picking recently? This past weekend, I went apple picking with some friends in upstate New York. I love apple season, so immediately started making some apple treats once I returned home to Brooklyn. I have personally been having my Apple Crumble (gluten free and dairy free) on repeat lately. It’s such a yummy treat, but full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. This week for breakfast I have been making Apple Cinnamon oats! This breakfast recipe is both gluten free and vegan.

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Low Sugar Reeses

Who’s ready for Halloween? If you’re like me and already looking for some healthier Halloween treat ideas, look no further! This recipe is a healthier twist on your favorite reeses candy. These Low Sugar Reeses are made with only two ingredients- Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips and natural peanut butter. Lily’s Dark Chocolate chips are vegan and sweetened the no-sugar sweetener, stevia. Be sure to chose a peanut butter without added sugar to keep these candies low in sugar.

This recipe is so easy to make- all you need to do is melt ingredients, add to baking cups, and let it sit in the freezer to set! This recipe is gluten free, vegan, and low in sugar.

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Chocolate Pistachio Bars

Can you believe that it’s already September? That means that October and Halloween aren’t too far away! If you’re already thinking about Halloween treats, you are in luck. These Chocolate Pistachio Bars are low in sugar and make the perfect healthier Halloween candy! These chocolate bars use Lily’s Dark Chocolate chips which are sweetened with no sugar sweeteners. These chocolate bars are gluten free, dairy free, and only require 3 ingredients to make! Why wait until Halloween to give these a try? This incredibly easy chocolate recipe is the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth or craving.

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Cauliflower Nuggets

My air fryer is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I love my air fryer because you can do so much with it. It enables you to air fry foods which requires much less oil than traditional frying. Additionally, my Ninja air fryer has a roast, reheat, and dehydrate option. I love roasting veggies in my air fryer because it takes much less time than roasting in a pan or in the oven and requires no stirring! I probably use my air fryer at least once per day. I recently used my air fryer to make these Cauliflower Nuggets. This recipe is a vegetarian spin on chicken nuggets. If you’re looking for a healthier chicken nugget recipe, also check out my Air-Fried Chicken Nuggets recipe.

These cauliflower nuggets taste delicious and are so easy to make. This recipe only requires three ingredients and is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and whole30.

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Bell Pepper Nachos

Looking for a healthier football Sunday snack? I’ve got you covered! These grain-free nachos contain extra veggies- bell peppers! You can top these bell pepper slices with whatever nacho toppings you desire. I share below the toppings that I used to make my bell pepper nachos. This low carb snack is gluten free and keto-friendly. This recipe makes about 2 servings of nachos.

If you’re looking for more low carb or keto-friendly recipes, also check out my Air-Fried Chicken Nugget and Low Sugar Praline recipes.

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Better Alcohol Choices

Let’s address the elephant in the room: alcohol is not healthy for you. However, alcohol is a big part of many people’s social lives as well as associated with celebratory events. As a 20-something, alcohol is a part of my regular social life. With the warmer summer weather, there are more opportunities to drink socially outside (while practicing social distancing). While no alcohol is exactly healthy, in this post I’ll share some better alcohol choices.

Before we get into better alcohol choices, I will discuss some “healthy claims” pertaining to alcohol.

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