Don't Let Halloween Interrupt Your Healthy Diet
Halloween fun often starts out as a one-day occasion, but can quickly turn into a ready supply of candy lasting for months. So, how can you make sure your family doesn't overdo it this Halloween?
Over the Halloween holidays prepare regular meals and healthy snacks for your whole family. This will ensure everyone fills up on healthier foods, and will prevent the urge to binge on all that candy!
Also, try to set a good example yourself. Children in particular learn many of their behaviours by watching what their older siblings and parents do, so by actively choosing healthier options, and making decision to eat less treats your children will begin to learn moderation.
A quick guideline to choosing healthy snacks, opt for:
- Fat content not more than 3 grams per 100 grams
- Sugar content not more than 2 grams per 100 grams
- Sodium not more than 0.1 grams per 100g
I've you've got a Halloween party to organise, presentation is key, and by focusing on lots of brightly coloured, interesting looking food, chances are on one will even notice it's healthy!
8 healthy Halloween treats for the whole family to enjoy:
#1 Spooky spiders
Make a sandwich using round wholegrain crackers and peanut butter. Place 8 pretzel legs into the filling, spread a little peanut butter on top, and then use raisins for eyes.
#2 Roasted pumpkin seeds
Wash and dry out the pumpkin seeds. Spread in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking tray. Sprinkle with black pepper, garlic powder and chilli powder, and toss to coat. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until brown (350 degree oven), shaking the pan every 15 minutes to prevent burning.
#3 ‘Tricky' mini bites
Cut a variety of Halloween shapes in wholegrain bread using 2-inch cookie cutters. Spread a filling of your choice, and cover with the second piece of bread.
#4 Orange and black dip with veggies
Cut the top off two small pumpkins, remove the insides, and carve a face. Make a pumpkin dip and a black bean dip, and then refill the pumpkins. Serve with a selection of mixed veggie crudités, or wholegrain bread sticks.
#5 Halloween crackers
Using a variety of 2-inch Halloween cookie cutters, cut out shapes of cheddar cheese, and then place on top of the crackers. Carve a half slice of ham into two eyes, and a nose, and then cut thin slices of olive to use for the mouth.
#6 Black and orange fruity skewers
Cut bit sized squares of melon (orange variety) and alternate with black grapes on wooden skewers.
#7 Orange lanterns
Cut the top off the oranges, remove the insides, and carve a face, and then fill with fruit salad, or natural yoghurt topped with granola.
#8 Blackberry ice pops
Blend the berries with natural yoghurt, pour into plastic ice pops containers, and put back into the freezer until ready to eat.
Are you expecting ‘trick' or ‘treat' visitors at your front door? Why not give them something healthier this year as well?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Small boxes of dried fruit
- 100% fruit leather
- Small boxes of whole fruit juice
- Pre-packaged apple slices or carrots sticks
- Low sugar cereal bars
- Small cartons of low-fat milkshakes
Melanie Thomassian is a professional dietitian, and author of the award winning Dietriffic.com. She has recently written an ebook, "The Lifestyle Makeover Guide," which you can get for free by subscribing.