Healthy Halloween Alternatives

Well, it’s that time of year again, Halloween.  Little ghosts and goblins are running all about.  Are you dressing up this year?  Have your kids dragged you all around town to find the perfect costume?  I found this cartoon, and it made me laugh, so I wanted to share it with all of you.  I know it would be unrealistic for me to expect you and your kids to not eat candy this Halloween.  I do suggest that you keep it under control and monitor what your kids consume.  I also wanted to provide some creative alternatives. The candy aisles in the store are woefully lacking in healthier alternatives. Small bags of pretzels, popcorn, or animal crackers are some healthier options.  It’s hard to find safely-packaged, treat-sized portions of fruits, veggies, or even nuts. So instead, how about some fun items that not only lack tons of sugar, but also last a lot longer than candy.  Here are some ideas: silly bands, temporary tattoos, spider rings, and glow sticks.

Overall, try to make Halloween about having fun and getting dressed up.  Focus on carving the pumpkin, watching a fun Halloween inspired movie, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Yours in health,

Colleen

P.S.

This Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe sounds delicious!

For breakfast with a fall flavor that really sticks to your ribs, try this delicious pumpkin oatmeal.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • Brown sugar to taste
Preparation:
Place oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl and stir in milk. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in pumpkin puree, spice and cinnamon. Heat for 40-60 seconds, or until heated through. Stir in raisins. Sweeten with brown sugar if necessary and enjoy.Stovetop method

Bring milk to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in oats and cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add pumpkin and spices and stir until heated through. Stir in raisins just before serving.

Serves 4.

Per Serving: Calories 242, Calories from Fat 47, Total Fat 2.9g (sat 0.6g), Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 99mg, Carbohydrate 40.5g, Fiber 5.3g, Protein 13.2g

 

Recipe taken from About.com by Fiona

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