Are you frightened by all the decadent treats that come out during Halloween? You’re not alone! It’s the kick-off of the holiday season and a detour in your path to wellbeing. Avoid the onslaught of colorfully-wrapped treats and temptations altogether by opting for these healthier alternatives instead. Ease your fear for Halloween sweets and keep celebrating the holiday tradition with healthy guilt-free choices.
Scary-Good Halloween Candy Alternatives
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: It's not Halloween without the sweet-savory scent of pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven. First, scoop out the insides of a pumpkin and rinse the seeds in a colander until they are clear of pumpkin residue. Spread seeds onto a baking sheet (don't fret about the pumpkin remnants yet), and allow them to dry overnight. The following day, pick off the remaining pieces of pumpkin from the seeds and toss them into a bowl with olive oil, garlic and salt. Spread seeds onto a baking sheet and bake them for about 20-30 minutes or until they are golden brown, stirring halfway through. Courtesy: www.salonfood.com
- Spooky Apple Slices: They say an apple a day keeps the goblins away! Visit your local orchard or farmers market for sweet freshly picked apples. Prepare your Halloween treat by cutting the apple into thin discs, then create ghoulish designs with themed mini cookie cutters! Pair your apple slices with a scoop of peanut butter or your favorite greek yogurt for a guilt-free delight. Courtesy: www.peasandcrayons.com Candy Corn Popsicles: This frightfully delicious candy corn treat will satisfy your cravings for its sugary artificial counterpart. Begin by preparing your popsicle molds, coconut milk, mango puree, and organic lemonade. Once your materials are ready, pour coconut milk into the molds about a third of the way. Allow it to freeze for 30 minutes, then follow the same steps for the mango puree. Once the mango puree has frozen, pour the organic lemonade as the final layer and freeze one last time before enjoying your frosty treat. Courtesy: www.fullbellysisters.blogspot.com
Jack-O-Lantern Mandarins: Scare your trick-or-treaters into eating their fruits with sweet Jack-o-lantern mandarins! Simply draw your spooky designs onto the mandarins with a food coloring pen. Courtesy: www.instructables.com
Homemade Apple Cider: Fill your home with the essence of the season with this tasty drink. You will need 10 apples, sliced into quarters, 3/4 cup honey, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, and enough water to cover the apples by 2 inches in a slow cooker. Place all your ingredients into the slow cooker for about 2 hours. Once it has cooled for two hours, use a cheese cloth and strainer to drain the juice out of the apples, and get rid of any seeds and chunks. Refrigerate until cold. Courtesy: www.delightfulmomfood.com
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