Healthy Treats for the Spookiest of Holidays
There is nothing scarier than a sudden 5 lb weight gain on November 1st. That’s why today we are going to tackle healthy Halloween treats for adults. Next week will be all about the kids. But for now, let’s focus on the Haloween parties and social gatherings that you will be attending.
Finding a treat is a risky business because you don’t want to feel deprived. But neither do you want to find yourself screaming at the scale, or crying why to your suddenly tight pants. The answer to all things is, of course, moderation. It is important that you strike a balance with your priorities. Chowing down on everything in sight is most likely going to wreak havoc on your health, and what is the point of living if you can’t enjoy yourself at all? Below is a list of treats that are rewarding, but at the same time not too damaging.
Dark Chocolate Candy Apples
This one is my favorite, so I am going to list it first. Fun fact, apples themselves are filled with antioxidants on their own, and while there have been rumors about dark chocolate being healthy since 2013, there has been some evidence to the contrary. At best, dark chocolate heavy in 70%-80% cacao is heart healthy on top of the antioxidants, or it’s just added fluff on top of a healthy product. Either way, it is certainly the lesser of two evils when it comes to name brand candy bars or cupcakes, so on the list, it goes. You could also add some chopped nuts for an added protein boost. Click on the Link to the recipe in the photo below.
Candy Corn Popsicles
So, I checked the ratings for the most popular candy in each state, and wouldn’t you know that candy corn made the top of the list in Alabama? It was surprising to me, but it was also relevant to this next treat, the candy corn popsicle. A combination of frozen yogurt, orange juice, and pineapple juice, you know it is going to be a sweet treat. There is no need to add extra sugar, and they take about 10 minutes to make, so you could have it ready for your guests in a pinch. There are natural vitamins and minerals in the juices, making it sweet for both those on a diet and those who want a quick sugar rush. Click on the photo below for the recipe.
Spinach Monster Ice Cream
I know it sounds like a scary proposition for a healthy Halloween treat that can satisfy your taste buds, but give me a moment to explain before you scream. The ice cream in question is milk, vanilla extract, banana, and some spinach leaves. When blended together and frozen the ice cream tastes like banana, but carries the same vitamin and mineral content of the spinach. Its a win for everyone, and looks adorable to boot. Click on the link below for the recipe.