Just the mention of Halloween is enough to give a mom a toothache. It might be a day that revolves around collecting massive amounts of candy and consuming lots of empty calories, but there’s a light inside that glowing pumpkin. By choosing more nutritious goodies and making healthier treats for parties and school events, you can make the spookiest of all holidays into a tasty success that won’t leave anyone feeling tricked.
The Fit Foody’s Top 5 Healthy Halloween Tips
Real Treats, no Tricks: Opt for low sugar, chemical and preservative-free snacks to hand out, like Larabar minis, Stretch Island Fruit strips, Endangered Species Bug Bites, Nature’s Path treat-sized Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars, Revolution Foods Yo Drops, Glee Gum minis and Surf Sweets Organic Sour Berry Bears, all part of Green Halloween, a non-profit started by a mom in an effort to clean up her kid’s goodie bags.
Tasty VeggieCakes: Take a cupcake and turn it into a veggie-packed treat. Add 1/3 Cup cooked and pureed yam and add to yellow cake mix, 1/4 Cup pureed red beets to chocolate cake mix and ¼ Cup canned pumpkin to spice cake mix. They won’t even taste them in there! Plus, the veggies will make them uber moist. You can even add ¼ cup cooked, pureed veggies like sweet potato or carrots into 8 oz. of frosting, and voila – a festive orange topping.
Honest T Goodness Refreshment: Most kids drink pouches are chock full o’ sugar but Honest T Kids offers a tasty, Certified Organic sipper that’s free of high fructose corn syrup. Plus, kids can earn rewards towards gift certificates and school supplies with their empties. For toting good ole’ water, the Vapur bottle is a foldable, freezable, and attachable bottle in fun Halloween-y colors that will keep them nice and hydrated for the parades and parties.
Dipped Apple-icious Sticks: It’s the season of apple eatin’ and these crunchy beauties are ready to shine. Pick up some small wooden sticks and dip some nice Braeburns or Fujis into pure dark chocolate and coat with slivered almonds – pretty cute and perfectly portable. Plus, apples are packed with fiber, contain cancer-fighting properties and are a natural bone builder. Remove pesticide residue, which has been linked to ADHD in children, by cleaning them with Eat Cleaner All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash and Wipes.
Pumpkin Seed-sational: After cleaning out that Jack-o-Lantern, you might be left with a gooey mess but there’s a treasure in there, too. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Scoop them out, rinse and dry overnight. In a pan, dry roast the seeds in their shells, shaking them to avoid burning, until they start to pop open. Season with a bit of sea salt, garlic powder or curry powder and pour a handful into orange and black paper cones for festive flair.
For more tips and a buying guide, join the Cleaner Plate Club at www.eatcleaner.com.
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THE FIT FOODY’S GROW GREEN HALLOWEEN EVENT
Join The Fit Foody at the South Orange County Grow Green Halloween and Boo Bash, presented in tandem with the YMCA. Pick up some healthy treats from GreenHalloween.org sponsors, participate in fun Halloween crafts, enter to win great prizes and learn more about balanced nutrition for the whole family. Great giveaways from the Renaissance Club Sport and a visit from LadyBug Jane. Fun treats from Pop Chips, O.N.E. Coconut Water, Stretch Island Fruit Leather, Larabar, Honest Kids Drinks, Malt-O-Meal and many more!!
When: Friday, October 28th from 5-8 pm
Where: YMCA Wood Canyon
26278 Wood Canyon Dr
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Meet Mareya Ibrahim, The Fit Foody.