Tag: halloween

Healthy Swaps: Halloween Treats

by in Halloween, Healthy Tips, October 28, 2011

halloween candy
You can probably figure out that candy isn’t the healthiest option, but this time of year it’s pretty much unavoidable. Explore the options below for improved candy picks.

Instead of: King size candy bar
Choose: Mini “fun size” bar
The Payoff: An average savings of 475 calories and more than 20 grams of fat

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Food News: McDonald’s Giving Out Apples on Halloween

by in Food News, Halloween, October 27, 2011
mcdonalds fries
Trick-or-treaters will recieve a much healthier snack than candy or fries from McDonald's this Halloween.

It’s common for stores and restaurants to hand out treats on Halloween, but a few McDonald’s locations won’t be handing out candy this year. A handful of McDonald’s locations in Southern California are doling out apples. That’s right –  trick-or-treaters under 12 years old will receive a free bag of apple slices. The campaign is designed to promote the new Happy Meal option of apple slices instead of french fries.

Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura county residents can stop by any McDonald’s location from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday for the free apple slice giveaway.

“We’re excited to offer this nutritious treat for children this Halloween season,” said Michael Mangione Jr., president of the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California, or MOASC, which represents about 600 franchised and company-owned locations.

To learn more, read the full release.

What do you think about this treat? Is it a trick to get customers in the door, or just a healthy offering?

Healthier Halloween:Frightening Foods to Avoid

by in Halloween, October 23, 2011
sour halloween candy
Should you be afraid of sour candies?

We don’t expect your Halloween faves to be nutritious, but there are some treats you should be scared of. Whether you’re digging through a candy-filled pillowcase or deciding what to give out to trick-or-treaters, use these tips to keep kiddies safe.

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds, Plus 4 Flavoring Ideas

by in Healthy Recipes, October 21, 2011
pumpkin seeds Roasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled with salt. Image courtesy of Food Network Magazine

It’s pumpkin season, thus pumpkin seed season. When you’re carving Jack-o’-lanterns, don’t toss the seeds! When roasted, they make a great, low-calorie snack, and can be used to add crunch to salads and soups. They contain some valuable nutrients (read all about them here) and while you can buy pumpkin seeds at the store year-round (they’re called pepitas), they’re so much better when freshly roasted with your favorite seasonings added.

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Make Your Own Peanut Butter Cups

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, October 19, 2011

peanut butter cups
There’s nothing wrong with a little trick-or-treating but some Halloween goodies can be downright spooky! Why not make a few of the classics on your own, and eliminate some of the preservatives found in store-bough treats? Here’s a recipe for one of our favorites: peanut butter cups.

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31 Days of Pumpkins

by in 30 Days, In Season, October 3, 2011
alton brown's pumpkin bread
What to Do With Pumpkins idea #15: make Alton Brown's pumpkin bread.

Whether it’s for dinner, dessert or carving Jack-o-lanterns, nothing says fall quite like shiny orange pumpkins. We’ve got ideas for every day of the month.

1.    Check out your local farm or farmers’ market for unique varieties like “Oz” or “Spooktakular”

2.    Did you know? Pumpkins can be found in different colors, like orange, green and white.

3.    Find out where the “pumpkin capital” of the United States is.

4.    When you’re at the pumpkin patch – choose pumpkins with smooth, hard skin that are free of bruises or blemishes.

5.    It’s not pumpkin season until you make Pumpkin Pie – try our slimmed down recipe.

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How To Use All That Candy

by in Healthy Tips, October 29, 2010
How to Avoid Candy Overload - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine
How to Avoid Candy Overload - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

This time of year, it’s hard to escape piles of candy and other sugar-filled treats.  But don’t toss it — here are 5 ways to use it later to sideline a post-Halloween sugar overload.

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Top 5 Scary Halloween Treats to Avoid

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, October 26, 2010

halloween candy bucket

It’s virtually impossible to avoid sugar during trick-or-treat season. Sweet treats can be part of a healthy diet, but some are more spooky than others — pass on these 5 types of candy and you’ll be off to a smart start.

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Spotlight Recipes: Homemade Treats

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, October 25, 2010
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls

Sweet treats abound throughout Halloween season. Our handmade goodies may not be sugar-free, but they sure will stand out – they are made with real ingredients and have that homemade touch.

Recipes to Try:

Pumpkin Caramels
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Chocolate-Dipped Fruit
Chocolate Dipped Clementines
Dark Chocolate Bark

Reading List: Halloween Safety, Smart Choices Suspended & the Milkman Cometh (Again)

by in Food News, October 30, 2009

In this week’s nutrition news: Milk delivery services are back in vogue, last-minute tips for a safer Halloween and how a healthier home can help you lose weight.

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