Pumpkin … peppermint … gingerbread? These are a few of our favorite fall and winter tastes. And — thank the fit foodie gods! — they’re the starring flavors in some seasonal products this year that are amazeballs. Be sure to stock up on them before they run out. A whole year is an awfully long time to wait until you see them on store shelves again …
Stock Up on These Seasonal Products
Sprouts Organic Pumpkin Flax Granola. Is there a better way to kick off your autumnal morning than with a little pumpkin fix? This granola from Sprouts Farmers Market (and, yes, you would need to actually go to a store to get the products — super sorry for everyone not in the Phoenix area or with a friend willing to buy and ship for you!) doesn’t have a strong pumpkin flavor, but is lightly sweet, super crunchy, and boasts 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein — kind of perfect for topping off that smoothie bowl!
Pumpkin Pie, Snickerdoodle and Gingerbread Larabars. Larabar knows the way to our hearts with their clean ingredient list and all. But the the limited-edition seasonal flavors of Pumpkin Pie, Snickerdoodle and Gingerbread Larabars have us happier than a 5-year-old jumping in leaves with his brand-new puppy. All made with only dates, cashews, almonds and spices (plus the Pumpkin Pie has dried pumpkin in it), these came out earlier this month and go fast, so buy in bulk!
Barkthins Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel With Sea Salt. You can pretty much say “dark chocolate peppermint” and the FBE staff will come a running. We just can’t resist the combination — and these have just the right amount of salt and crunch that makes for an extra special seasonal treat.
Hot Chocolate, Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie Clif Bars. Clif Bar’s seasonal offerings always go quickly, and for good reason — or, should we say three good reasons (one for each yummy flavor). Yes, there’s a high enough sugar and carb count for us to consider these more of a “sometimes” food rather than a daily breakfast replacement (they also boast 8 to 10g protein and 70 percent organic ingredients), but we’re okay with that. Plus, they’re donating one percent of net sales to Protect Our Winters, a not-for-profit organization fighting against climate change, which is totally in the spirit of the season.
Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Mix. If you love pumpkin, you’re going to be PUMPED (see what we did there?) to go shopping at TJ’s. They have everything — and we mean everything (even tortilla chips, people!) — pumpkin right now. But the stand-out seasonal product for us is the Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Mix. You know the streusel topping that’s on crumbles and muffins — that’s sweet and spicy and kinda crunchy yet soft and caramelized? It’s like a WHOLE LOAF OF BREAD LIKE THAT. Trader Joe’s, you’ve outdone yourself. (And we’re hoarding boxes of this stuff.)
Any other seasonal products you’re loving? I’m sure there are some salted caramel ones we’re missing! That flavor is all the rage right now. —Jenn & Kristen