Is a Healthier Halloween Possible?



Have a Healthier Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner and it can be quite difficult to resist nibbling on candy, especially if you’re handing it out! Did you realize that just one “fun-size” pieces of candy can set you back 80-calories. One is innocent; however, the “fun-size” makes us feel like we’re not doing too much damage if we continue to nibble.

Four pieces of Halloween candy equals a solid meal.

  • To decrease chances of eating one too many fun size pieces,
  • Make sure to have a balanced dinner before you set out the candy bowl.
  • Include a lean protein, healthy fat source, colorful veggies and a small amount of complex carbs (ex: grilled steak with a small sweet potato, 1 tsp butter and grilled veggie medley).
Healthier Halloween!

Healthier Halloween!


Here are some healthy sweet treats to have around for you and your friends to enjoy.

Caramel Yogurt Dip: Mix ¾ cup plain yogurt, 2 tsp maple syrup, 1/8 tsp salt, ¼ tsp brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Stir all ingredients (except yogurt) in a saucepan over medium heat until thickens and sugar is dissolved. Mix in yogurt. Serve with sliced apples.

Pumpkin Spice Dip: In a food processor or high-powered blender, mix 1 can chickpeas (drained), 1 can pumpkin puree, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or more) , 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp maple syrup. Serve with sliced apples.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites: In a large bowl, combine : 1 cup (dry) oatmeal,2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup ground flax seed, 1/3 cup honey nectar, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract. Allow mixture to harden in the refrigerator (approx 30 minutes). Remove and roll into approx 1 inch balls.

Set yourself up for success and be prepared with healthy options Happy Halloween!

Recipes adapted from:

http://www.superhealthykids.com/caramel-yogurt-dip/

http://www.superhealthykids.com/pumpkin-spice-dip/

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-bake-energy-bites/

Danielle Sikorski

About Danielle Sikorski

Danielle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Personal Trainer residing in Anchorage, Alaska. She received her B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics and Foods Science from California State University at Northridge. As an athlete, Danielle was initially drawn to Nutrition because she desired to learn how to best fuel her body for optimal performance. However, after becoming a Dietitian, her focus has broadened. After a Lyme and autoimmune disease diagnosis, she has learned the role that food can play in healing the body. She now works with clients with a variety of goals ranging from sports performance, Food Intolerance, Autoimmue, to Weight loss. ******In her spare time she loves running to clear her mind and also enjoys cooking with her husband. ---------------EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: • B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science • Internship at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV specializing in Medical Nutrition Therapy in the ICU, Pediatric ICU, Cancer Center, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Education • Internship at W.I.C. specializing in pre and post-natal Nutrition • RD, RDN by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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