I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of October! The year always seems to go by so fast! While October brings beautiful Fall weather and the leaves change color to wonderful reds, oranges, and yellows, October also brings candy….lots of candy. Halloween is a fun holiday, for kids and adults, but go into any store and you’ll see several displays of candy and Halloween treats.
With these candies and treats being everywhere it is easy to overindulge as you grab a treat here and there. But consuming too much refined sugar can increase your chances for a variety of health diseases, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer (1). But don’t fret! It is okay to enjoy a treat occasionally, but it is important to be mindful and make sure you are also balancing out your diet with healthy, wholesome meals.
Another option for when you are looking for a sweet fix is to choose healthier options than some of the refined sugar treats. You can consume dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. Dark chocolate contains antibiotics and is rich in minerals like zinc, iron, and magnesium (2). You could also try snack bars like Lara bars, Kind bars, RX bars, or EPIC bars. These are a great option as they will keep you full longer with their more satiating ingredients. Fruit is also a great easy and healthy snack. Apples and clementines are great fruits to buy right now!
Here are 3 other healthier recipes for when you have time to bake some Halloween inspired treats.
1. Pumpkin Spice Apple Smoothie
Recipe makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies.
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.
2. Healthy apple muffins
Recipe makes 12 muffins.
3. Healthy soft-baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Recipe makes 12-15 cookies, depending on size.
Let me know if you try out any of these healthier, tasty Halloween treats!
1. Kubala J. 11 Reasons Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For You. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar#section11. Published June 3, 2018. Accessed October 14, 2019.
2. Eske J. What are the health benefits of dark chocolate? Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324747.php. Reviewed March 19, 2019. Accessed October 14, 2019.