by Victoria Phillips in Food News, Halloween, October 27, 2011
by Dana Angelo White in Halloween, October 23, 2011
- 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?
by Michelle Buffardi in Healthy Recipes, October 21, 2011
- 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.
by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, October 19, 2011
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.
by Dana Angelo White in 30 Days, In Season, October 3, 2011
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.
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, October 29, 2010
- 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.
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, October 26, 2010
- 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.
5 ways to use Halloween candy »
by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, October 25, 2010
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.
See all 5 treats to avoid »
by Toby Amidor in Food News, October 30, 2009
- 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:
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Chocolate Dipped Clementines
Dark Chocolate Bark
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, October 27, 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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Yes, I’m a candy addict! But there’s a time and place for “junkie foods,” as I call them. Here’s a rundown on some of the popular candies and the best choices for snack bags, party favors or even Halloween trick or treaters.
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