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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/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle Crumble Smith

Danielle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist currently living in Colorado though she is originally from TN and has lived in AK, CA, and NV. She and her husband, Colton, have two crazy dogs and are expecting twins in August. She received her degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science from California State University at Northridge and has since worked in a variety of roles as Dietitian over the past 7 years. Danielle has experience working in both clinical inpatient settings as well as outpatient. Her client/patient population has spanned from individuals with Food Allergies, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Eating Disorders, Autoimmune conditions, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Sports Performance and Weight Management. In her free time, Danielle loves hiking with her husband, having FaceTime dates with family and doing anything outside!

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