Saturday, October 22, 2011

It’s Time For a Round-up: Trick or Healthy Treat?

Last Halloween we brought you a round-up of the healthy Halloween candy selections. This year we thought we would move on to the party scene for kids/adults alike and round up an assortment of healthier snacks to serve at your Halloween bash. Because Halloween night can be healthy-ier and festive!!

Why have you done a good thing?

Whenever you go to a Halloween party, what do you see served? Candy of course but also decorated cookies, cupcakes, and other dessert treats dressed up in Halloween costumes. As cute as those are, the calories add up quickly, leaving you hungry and searching for more. Why? High carbohydrate intakes cause a large release of insulin, leading you to be hungrier faster. More balanced snacks that have protein and healthy sources of carbohydrate with fiber will leave you full and satisfied. This balance is the key to portion control at a party and allows you to stop at just a couple pieces of candy.

Other trick? Either bring healthy snacks with you to a party or serve up a healthier Halloween spread, with some candy on the side of course…

Healthy-ier Halloween Round-up:

Witchy Pretzel Rods

Banana Ghosts

Creepy Vegetables

Or try arranging your veggies in a more fun way!

Pizza Mummies

Witches Fingers

Devilish eggs

Snake Bites

Guacamoldy Creature Chips

Apple Bites

Pumpkin Popcorn Balls **substitute out margarine for light butter to avoid trans fat

Looking for something fun to drink? Witches Brew…

Mix 1 gallon of apple cider with a few drops of food coloring, sliced apples, and gummy worms…

And for adults, add a touch of rum…

So round out your great costume with a super creative snack that everyone will be talking about! For a refresher on the Halloween round-up from last year to help purchase your candy, click here…

Happy Halloween everyone!

--Amy Santo, MS RD CDN

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