Healthy Halloween

By October 28, 2015 Health No Comments

This year’s Halloween not only falls on a Saturday, it also happens to fall on the day that we turn our clocks back an hour. That means that every single person out to celebrate will have an extra hour to continue on with their shenanigans.

Over the years, Halloween has grown to be truly a polarizing and divisive celebration. For some, it’s the best night of the year. Costume parties, limitless treats, and pumpkin spices everything. Others hate it for the noise, the commercialization, and the limitless treats. Although Halloween is only marked for the day, the festivities last for a week or so. Candy and chocolate are easily found sprawled across tables during this time of the year. And as irresistible as some of these treats may be, if consumed in moderate quantities, they can also be detrimental to a healthy lifestyle.

Thankfully, there are many ways to enjoy the festivities of the season without having to indulge in colossal amounts of sugar.

Here are some healthy, and yet tried and true options to quench your Halloween indulgence:

Pumpkin Pie

Arguably one of the most iconic symbols of Halloween – much less the entire month of October – an average pumpkin pie has actually been found to contain several health benefitting factors to it, more than just it’s sweet, classic fall flavours. According to the National Agriculture Library operated under the US Department of Agriculture, a slice of pumpkin pie can be a great source of water-soluble B vitamins as well as minerals that aid in muscle contraction and blood oxygenation.

That doesn’t mean that we should all be feasting on pumpkin pies as they are ultimately still high in sodium and cholesterol – so do keep the portions in check.

York Peppermint Patty

At 165 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 27 grams of sugar, a full bar of a York Peppermint Patty offers the same sweet treats that Halloween brings about – but with much less sugary content. It only helps that these chocolate covered mints are really delicious.

Do something cool for the kids and give these away as treats.

Spiced Apple Cider

At less than 200 calories per serving, these can double as a go-to adult drink come Halloween or as a sweet beverage for the kids (just take out the apple brandy).

Recipe: (via Health.com)

  • Lemon rind strips (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 5 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, halved
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Calvados (apple brandy) or applejack (such as Laird’s)

Additional cinnamon sticks (optional)

There are many more ways to celebrate Halloween without the high-sugar treats it comes with. Treats you give to costumed trick or treaters can definitely be on the healthy side of snacks and candies. Remember, there are even people who give out toothbrushes, knowing that all the sweets can be detrimental to children (and adults who wind up eating the candy). Though the Halloween season is a solid reason to indulge in some of our favourite vices, making healthier choices won’t necessarily destroy the festivities of this time of the year. The spirit of the season don’t just come in candy after all.

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References:

http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/7-healthy-halloween-candy-choices/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20309421_2,00.html

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/ZZ/20151015/LIFESTYLE/151019923

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-pumpkin-pie-4215.html