Anyone that knows me, knows Halloween is my favorite holiday- (even though it’s technically not a holiday but in my opinion should be!) Halloween is the start of the crazy holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. Generally, Halloween is known for its sugary candy and treats, only to leave you stuck in a sugar coma. Here are a few tips to keep your and your child’s Halloween a bit on the healthier side this year:
1) Fill your child up with dinner before they begin trick-or-treating. Having them leave the house with a full belly will hopefully help cut down on candy binge eating later that evening.
2) Walk your neighborhood. Add a little exercise into your Halloween and burn of some of those “treats.” Have your child earn their candy by walking door to door, or better yet, join them. Plus, it’s a fun way to connect with other trick or treaters and parents in your neighborhood.
3) Keep treats in the house for a limited amount of time then get them out of the house! My sister keeps her kids Halloween candy all year long, however, I find this too tempting for not only the kids, but the parents as well. Have your child pick a few of their favorites and give or throw away any excess candy a few days after Halloween.
Every year, I add more and more “lower calorie” festive Halloween party ideas to my growing recipe list. These treats are not only low on the sugar side, but are great if you are hosting a party or at home handing out treats and want to be in the spooky spirit!
I made some of these yummy treats on Katu’s Afternoon Live. Here’s how I made them and the recipes are below. http://katu.com/afternoon-live/cooking-recipes/creative-healthy-halloween-treats
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Balls:
½ cup peanut butter
1 tsp honey or adage nectar
½ cup rolled oats
1 tbsp. flax seeds
-peanut butter chips
1) Melt the peanut butter and honey together in a small microwavable bowl until easily stirred. Mix until well blended.
2) In another bowl, combine oats and flax.
3) Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture and mix together. (It may seem dry at first, but just keep mixing). Form the now combined mixture into balls and place on a plate.
4) Chill in freezer overnight.
5) The next day, melt peanut butter chips in a small bowl. Using a toothpick or your hands dip the frozen peanut butter balls into the melted peanut butter chip and twist a bit to coat. Repeat with each ball before returning them to freezer to let peanut butter coating harden (about an hour or so). Once hardened, you can cut chocolate pieces into rectangular chunks and place on top of balls to make little pumpkins.
This is my very favorite party crowd pleaser for Halloween. Not only is it a great way to sneak in veggies at a party, but its visually festive as well.
All that is needed is a creative small “puking pumpkin”, a veggie tray, and dip for the veggies (light ranch, hummus or guacamole). You can also serve with some corn or Flax tortilla chips!
Spider Deviled Eggs:
-6 hardboiled eggs
-4 tbsp. olive oil mayonnaise or Veganise
-1 tbsp. yellow mustard
-1 can whole black olives to decorate
1) Hard boil the eggs and let cool
2) Once cooled, peel and cut the eggs in half (lengthwise). Mash yolks in a separate bowl
3) Add mayonnaise, yellow mustard and a dash of ground pepper to the yolks and stir until mixed.
4) Add about a tablespoon full of yolk mixture back into each egg white.
5) Cut the olives in half, lengthwise. Put half of the olive in the center of every egg, (this is going to be the spider’s body) Using the other half of the olive, cut into four strips, and use these as the legs. Place four on each side as if they are legs coming off of the spider’s body.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween this year!!!