Are you looking forward to Halloween on Sunday night? If you are like the majority of American’s who have kids (or you just love this night of the year) you have already decorated your home and bought tons of candy. The term “healthy” just doesn’t seem to go with this one night of the year now does it?
If you missed Wednesday’s Part 1 of this 2 part healthy Halloween series, go check it out now and learn some basic tips to increase the health of your festivities without sacrificing all the creepy tastiness.
Today I am going to cover all the basics in your food that can create tasty haunted Halloween treats that are healthy (Shhh! We won’t tell your kids!)
A fun Halloween Activity
A great thing last year that my husband and I participated in was a trunk or treat at the church my husband was interning at. If you have never heard of this or been to one, I highly recommend it especially if you have younger children. What goes on at a trunk or treat is the adults (or it can be a family effort) decorate the trunks of their cars and have the strategically place at the certain location. Everyone is dressed up in costumes and pass out candy to the small children that come around. There’s music, contests, games, and lots of other fun activities. It is a great way for families to meet other people and have a safe and fun Halloween.
How cute is this bunch of little ones?
What are some of the fun things that your family does on Halloween?
So the real purpose of this 2nd blog post about Halloween was to bring you some great ways to make your Halloween healthy and delicious at the same time.
List of healthy, colorful whole food options you can substitute in all those creepy creations that are oh-so-unhealthy without sacrificing the yum-o factor!
Black: raisins, black beans, poppy seeds
Red: red delicious apples, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes
Purple: grapes, blackberries
Green: granny smith apples, leafy greens, broccoli, kiwi, avocados, celery
White: potatoes, coconut, lynches
Yellow: pineapple, bananas
Do you have any ideas to add to the list?
How about some healthy sugar alternatives?
1 cup of sugar=
¾ cup of maple syrup and decrease other liquid by 1/8
¾ cup of agave nectar and decrease other liquid by 1/3
Substitute 50/50 of spelt flour and whole wheat flour
Get creative with some great creepy Halloween creations
Trick or Treat Trail Mix
Any other nuts or dried fruit you would like to add
Mix together all ingredients for a snack with heart healthy fats and antioxidants! For the creepy Halloween aspect add healthy chocolate sauce with my raw chocolate syrup recipe. Gooey and delicious!
Spooky Ghostly Popcorn
Olive oil spray
Mix together seasonings. Spray popcorn with olive oil spray and then coat with seasoning mixture. This is a great snack that will help keep your kids full with all the fiber in this recipe!
Haunted Baked Apples
Core the apples and then stuff raisins and walnuts in the center. Top with cinnamon and whipped cream and my raw caramel recipe.
Vampire Blood Smoothie
Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately for a bloody Halloween treat that’s full of antioxidants and fiber.
Okay, so I haven’t developed my own Halloween traditions since I don’t have any kids of my own yet. Do you have any ideas of some great things that your family does? Leave a comment below and let me know! Don’t forget to share the love by sharing this post with your friends below!
Have a Healthfully Haunted Halloween!