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Happy Halloween 2013!

written by Head Health Nutter October 31, 2013

Tonight is the night for spooks, ghouls and SWEETS! Healthy living is all about making healthier choices whenever you can. So check out this post for some ideas in how to do this for the season of the witch (click on this YouTube link for a groovy Halloween song)!

Halloween is one of the most tempting holidays in the year for high-calorie snacking. Probably 85% of the world’s population love chocolate, candy and potato chips.

And, of course, you want to miss the crowds so you buy your Halloween treats (for the kiddies…?) a week or even earlier before the tykes come a-knockin’ on your door. That leaves a ton of opportunities to open that box up “for just one,” you reason to yourself.

Here are a few ways you can be a little healthier during the Halloween season:

  1. Dark Chocolate. This is the #1 food swap for Halloween (read about the health benefits of dark chocolate). Easy, simple and delicious. And if you disagree, believing it’s too bitter, no worries, taste buds acclimatize – both you and the kids WILL get used to it. And, heck, if it’s the only chocolate available, it WILL get eaten.
  2. Pumpkin Seeds. ‘Tis the season for those big, round and orange gourds we end up carving out for decoration. Don’t throw out those seeds! It’s worth cleaning them up: read about the health benefits of pumpkin seeds.
  3. Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark Thins. Hello! Put #1 and #2 of this list together and you get a double whammy health snack! Grab one of these bark thins (made from Fair Trade ingredients) when all that Halloween candy calls to you. It’s available in stores like Costco and Wholefoods.
  4. Smokey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Instead of potato chips, reach for these instead! They are tasty, cheap and super easy-to-make (the most time-consuming part of this recipe is cleaning the seeds from the pumpkin goop).
  5. Pumpkin Halva Pudding. Oh ya, the yummy seasonal treats never end! Here’s a recipe donated by our regular contributor and Flexitarian cookbook author, Bindu Grandhi. Just scroll down past her Halloween poem to the recipe. Note that you can use either canned pumpkin or fresh grated pumpkin.
  6. Pumpkin Soup. Another scrumptious recipe by Bindu, this is a warming, wholesome meal in a bowl. You can also use canned or fresh pumpkin, depending on your time and product availability.

When you’re done with the trick-or-treating, partying or taking a walk to watch all the kiddies go nuts in their costumes, why not catch a scary movie? Grab your Halloween supper, healthier snacks and choose one of your favourite movies for some well-deserved R and R. If you need some ideas, here are 5 Scary Movies for the Whole Family!

How do you stay healthier during Halloween?

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