Ahh fall is here which means we are heading into a lot of Holidays ANNNND the long winter! This usually goes hand in hand with excessive desserts & treats. This year, make it a healthy holiday with these tips!
Easy Halloween Snacks
Because this is how I roll! I am no Pinterest mom, although I do enjoy ‘pinning’ ideas & recipes to my board in hopes of doing them at a later date. These simple & festive snacks are perfect for classroom parties or any party. You can achieve healthy & festive at the same time! Kids get so many treats throughout this season, it’s nice to have a healthy option too.
Pumpkins & Ghosts Option 1
To make the ‘pumpkins’ : Peel as many clementines as you need, and place a small piece of celery on top for the stem! EASY PEASY!
To make the ‘ghosts’ : Cut & peel as many bananas you’d like, and place chocolate chips for their eyes.
Pumpkins & Ghosts Option 2
All you need is oranges, organic cheese sticks & a permanent marker! This activity is great for your little ones to help you out. Even if you aren’t going to any party, kids still love to get crafty and help out too. You can also throw these in their school lunches- bonus as they may be more apt to eating healthy foods that look like a pumpkin or ghost!
13 Healthier Halloween Ideas by local dietician Gina Jones (she works at the Functional Medicine Department at the Cleveland Clinic). She always has amazing tips!
25 Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids by Produce for Kids. I love their site! I follow along on the daily.
Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
After you carve your pumpkins, save those pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin seeds have so many nutritional benefits! They contain zinc which is great for immune support (and much needed with all of the candy handed out on Halloween). They are high in antioxidants & magnesium. Both are often lacking in the standard diet. Roasting pumpkin seeds is fun and part of the ‘pumpkin carving’ tradition. It is so easy to do!
Clean pumpkin seeds and throw out all the pumpkin residue.
Soak seeds in water (swish around to make sure all the pumpkin residue comes off)
And rinse again! Really, rinse again. The cleaner your pumpkin seeds, the nicer and crispier your pumpkin seeds will turn out.
Place seeds in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt. Mix together.
Pour them into a baking pan making sure they are in a thin layer.
Bake for 25-30 minutes at 325 degrees tossing them every 10-15 minutes.
Options: Try these combinations as well:
Melted butter + cinnamon + brown sugar | Melted butter + pepper + cayenne | Melted butter + sugar + maple syrup.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
It can be tempting this time of year, to swing by a coffee shop and order a pumpkin spice latte. The problem with that is they usually contain no-so-good ingredients. Make your own at home for you and your spouse- the healthy way! This recipe is free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar & full of real food ingredients! This creamy latte is the perfect way to celebrate fall!
2 cups of coconut or almond milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
2-3 TBSP pumpkin puree (We like Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin Puree that Heinen’s carries)
1/2 cup extra strong coffee, cold brew coffee, or 2 shots of expresso
Place all ingredients, except coffee, into a high-powered blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes until it reaches a warm/hot temperature.
Pour 1/4 cup of coffee in each mug, and add pumpkin mixture on top.
Dairy-Free Whipped Cream
Making dairy-free whipped cream is so simple! All you need is canned coconut milk, vanilla extract & maple syrup.
Scoop the (refrigerated) full fat coconut cream off the top. Place cold coconut cream into a bowl and whip with electric mixer. Whip until fluffy and add a pinch of pure vanilla extract & maple syrup.
The Switch Witch Trick
We have been using the “switch witch” trick ever since I heard about it a few years ago. Whoever thought of this is ingenious. I think we are all in the same boat with our kiddos getting way too much candy for Halloween! Halloween is fun and I wouldn’t take that away from my kids. But I want Halloween to last less than a week vs. months! After Halloween, I usually save a few pieces of candy to go into their lunch boxes since my kids let me know that ‘everyone else has candy in their lunches’. Here’s where the ‘Switch Witch’ comes in! Replace their candy (while they are sleeping) with a toy & tell them the ‘Switch Witch’ came. This is an easy way to get the candy out of the house. You can send the candy to military troops. There are quite a few organization like this that you can donate to.
Other ideas to getting rid of the excess candy:
Weigh your child’s candy, multiply it by 10 (or whatever seems appropriate for your childs age) and pay them that amount.
Include your kids in donating it to our military.
If you have kids, you know all too well with the amount of sugar that comes with this holiday. I hope these tips help to lessen the sugar intake this Halloween! Have a safe & healthy Halloween :)