It’s that time of year and the most scary prospect isn’t what creature will knock on your door–it’s what comes knocking at your stomach. Need a healthy halloween?
Here are a few tips on how to enjoy the holiday with less calories and sugar, and how to help your friends and family stay away from so much candy.
It can be a low-fat Halloween and a no sugar Halloween if you get creative. After all, we want to enjoy the festivities–we just don’t want a memory of them to stay with us in the form of a new roll on the stomach.
Low Fat Halloween and No Sugar Halloween Treats
If you really want to be in the Halloween spirit, but with absolutely no sugar, try one of these favorites:
Pumpkin Seeds: When they’re lightly roasted and have a few yummy seasonings–I like worchestershire on mine–these seeds scream Halloween yet have no sugar and taste great. Of course, they’re also very healthy!
Witches’ Fingers: Bake up some witches fingers with roll dough (whole wheat, preferably) and you have a very halloween-appropriate treat with great nutrition and very little sugar, if any, depending on your recipe/dough.
Brain Squash: If you like squash, you can make up a spaghetti squash or something similar, and it’s the perfect goo for a halloween hoax. It’s also very low-fat and healthy, if you can resist slathering on too much butter.
Low Sugar Halloween Treats
If you don’t mind a little sugar but want a little nutrition, here are a few other ideas:
Low-fat Sugar Cookies: Try some roll out sugar cookies but cut the sugar in half. Some people swear there’s little difference. Instead of frosting the whole cookie, just do small dabs and line to detail the shapes. And if you can manage to keep yourself in check, only eat a couple!
Pumpkin Roll: I make pumpkin roll every fall, but it does contain mounds of sugar. So, because I love the taste and the nutricious pumpkin, flour, etc., here are some variations I am trying: use half whole wheat flour and half white. The pumpkin flavor will disguise the whole wheat taste quite well. Use low-fat cream cheese and spread a lighter layer on the roll–it’ll still be enough to give you the awesome taste.
Carmel Apples: If you are a candy lover and can’t give up the candy, at least spread it on something healthy, right? A carmel apple can be good with very little carmel–I have managed to make them with just one cube of carmel (you might want two if you’re big on carmel). And, you get the nutrition of the apple to boot! What could be better?
There are unlimited ways to make Halloween fun without so much unhealthy eating–let us know what you’ve found that works! Until then, I’ll have a scary Halloween, but I’ll try to make sure the scariest thing won’t be the stomach rolls that haunt me afterwards!