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6 Lightened-Up Sweets for a Healthier Halloween

by in Healthy Recipes, October 27, 2016

Halloween is not the night to restrict your diet, but that doesn’t mean your evening of revelry should be quashed by a candy coma. If you’re hosting a party this year, skip store-bought sweets and opt for homemade goodies instead. Don’t hesitate to whip up everyone’s favorites — cookies, caramels, even a cocktail or two. But a few mindful alterations (and moderation) can save you from a sugar hangover the next morning. Here are five festive recipes that are sure to hit the spot without going overboard.

Spider Bites
Sandra Lee’s homemade chocolate-peanut butter clusters are incredibly quick and convenient — and at a glance, they’ll raise the hair on the back of your neck. The recipe calls for creamy peanut butter; for an extra fiber boost, use all-natural PB.

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DIY Healthy Halloween Treats

by in Halloween, Healthy Holidays, October 26, 2016

If you’re spooked by the overwhelming amount of highly processed junk coming into your house this time of year, try making some of your own treats. While these are certainly sugary confections, you control the quality of the ingredients and the amount of sugar, which helps make things a little less scary. Here are two no-fail recipes that the kids can help create.

Festive Dark Chocolate Lollipops
Makes 12 lollipops

You can use premade lollipop molds, but it’s even more fun to pour chocolate pops freeform. These impressive treats literally take only minutes to make! Get the kids in the kitchen to help decorate.

5 ounces dark chocolate
Halloween sprinkles and other edible decor

Line a sheet pan with a nonstick baking mat and arrange lollipop sticks in a row about 6 inches apart. Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. Pour a heaping tablespoon of melted chocolate over the top quarter portion of each lollipop stick. Decorate as desired and allow to set for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy immediately or wrap in plastic and use within 3 days.

Per serving (1 piece): Calories 63; Fat 4 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 1 mg; Sodium 0 mg; Carbohydrate 8 g; Fiber 1 g; Sugars 6 g; Protein 1 g Read more

No Tricks, Just Treats: Homemade Gluten-Free Halloween Candy

by in Healthy Recipes, October 29, 2015

Can Halloween be sinfully good and good for you? The answer is yes. Sweet Medjool dates are transformed into caramel, and extra-dark 91 percent chocolate — the darker, the better — enrobes each candy with its rich, complex flavor. Plus, healthy fats like coconut oil and unrefined sugars like maple syrup mean you can treat yourself to some Halloween fun. One bite of these chocolate candies and you’ll know there are no tricks, just real treats! Read more

5 Ways to Host a Healthier Halloween Party — Fall Fest

by in Healthy Recipes, October 29, 2015

Halloween is not the night to restrict your diet, but that doesn’t mean your evening of revelry has to be a complete nutritional disaster. If you’re hosting a party this year, skip store-bought candy and punch, and opt for homemade goodies instead; that way, you’ll have more nutritional control. Don’t hesitate to whip up everyone’s favorites — cookies, candies, even a cocktail or two. But a few mindful alterations (and moderation) can save you from a sugar hangover the next morning. Here are five festive recipes that are sure to hit the spot without going overboard.

Orange Sherbet Cups with Blackberries (pictured at top)
Try finding a Halloween treat that’s more refreshing — or more festive — than this one. Play up the orange-and-black motif by hollowing out some orange halves. Then, fill each half with a generous spoonful of your favorite orange sherbet. Complete the sinister look by topping each “cup” with fresh blackberries.

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Food Fight: Peanut Butter Cups vs. Chocolate-Covered Peanuts

by in Healthy Tips, October 28, 2015

It’s the holiday of treats, and you know you’ll be seeing a slew of chocolate all over the place. So, when faced with the choice between two of these chocolate favorites, which should you choose?

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6 Healthier Treats for Halloween

by in Healthy Tips, October 27, 2015

Want to dish out some healthier Halloween treats? Here are six smart ideas that the kiddos won’t egg your house over.

Popcorn

Give out a whole-grain snack that all kids adore. Make or buy small bags of air-popped popcorn that’s plain or lightly seasoned. If you really want to get creative, give out tiny sachets of popcorn kernels tied to paper bags for DIY microwave popcorn goodie bags.

Fruit Juice Gummies

Look for brands of gummy candy made without high-fructose corn syrup. Some are even made with a small amount of fruit juice. Don’t get too excited; these chewy treats still aren’t great for teeth and should be consumed in moderation. Check out brands like YumEarth Organics, Surf Sweets and Annie’s.

Homemade Lollipops

Make your own lollipops with 100 percent fruit juice. Here’s a quick and easy recipe.

Pretzel Dippers

Justin’s brand recently came out with single-serving packs of gluten-free pretzel sticks with chocolate hazelnut spread or almond butter for dipping. They also make a line of decadent organic peanut butter cups. Since these products are made with nuts, consider an alternative for trick-or-treaters with nut allergies.

Dark Chocolate

For a more traditional option, give out bite-sized pieces of dark chocolate; they are often smaller and lower in sugar than typical Halloween-sized candy bars. Dove Promises come individually wrapped and portion controlled, with fewer than 45 calories per piece.

Skip Food Altogether

Kid favorites like stickers, cookie cutters and temporary tattoos are always popular, and any leftovers will keep well for next year. Consider replacing some or all of the edible items with these types of treats.

 

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

7 Candies Not to Buy for Halloween

by in Healthy Tips, October 21, 2015

Trick-or-treating is just around the corner. Before you grab any candy that’s on sale, peruse this list so you can avoid handing out the worst treats possible to the neighborhood kids.

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Black Bean and Pumpkin Enchiladas for Halloween Entertaining

by in Healthy Recipes, October 18, 2015

I affectionately refer to these enchiladas as my Halloween Enchiladas, since they tend to show up right around the same time as ghosts and goblins. Besides being the perfect orange-and-black color combination, these enchiladas can also feed a crowd. I’ve got you covered for your next Halloween party: candy for the little ones, pumpkin enchiladas for the grownups. Read more

The Halloween Candy Aisle: What to Choose and What to Skip

by in Halloween, Healthy Holidays, October 27, 2014

Halloween Lights
It’s Halloween and the candy aisle is the popular spot. According to The Nielsen Company, Americans spent about $1.9 billion on candy in 2013 – that’s the equivalent of 600 million pounds of candy! We don’t recommend taking the fun out of Halloween by banning beloved sweets, but some choices are better than others. Read more

Which Halloween Candies are the Least Scary?

by in Healthy Holidays, October 29, 2013

peanut butter cups

Doorbells across America are about to start ringing! But for the health-conscious among us, there’s no need to be scared off by all sweets. Before digging into bags of sugary loot, check out this lineup of candies.

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