Healthy Halloween: Food and Drink
By Brandi Goodman
Halloween marks the start of the holiday season. Soon after, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's will arrive. Each of these exhibits many unhealthy characteristics. The candy, large feasts, desserts, and drinks are full of unneeded sugar and calories. Make your Halloween healthier with some more nutritious food and drink options and carry the habits into the remainder of the holiday season.
For your drink of choice, opt for an infused water. Apple cider is a common option in the fall. The store-bought versions you see at the market just don't cut it, though. Infusing water with some apple slices and cinnamon sticks can help create a similar flavor with all the added calories and sugar.
Carved Stuffed Peppers
Just like you do with your pumpkin, you can carve a face into a bell pepper. This makes a cute Halloween food that's packed with nutrition. Many people use ground beef for the recipe. Opt for ground turkey instead for a filling, yet less fattening option. If you choose to use cheese, try a low-fat choice. Add in some brown rice and veggies to get even more fiber and vitamins.
Cookie cutters and whole grain tortillas can help create some healthy Halloween-inspired nachos. Use your cutter to carve out a bunch of bats or ghosts. Brush them with a bit of olive oil and bake them for just a few minutes to get a crunchy creation. Add a bit of salsa, homemade guacamole, and veggies if you desire for your plate.
The fall season is the start of the soup frenzy. You want a hot, comforting meal that won't pack on the pounds so you opt for soup. Pumpkin is a nutritious option. Unsweetened pumpkin puree, ginger, garlic, organic maple syrup, vegetable broth, and coconut milk come together to create this concoction. You'll get vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats from this meal.
Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte
Water should be your drink of choice, but let's face it -- we all want a taste of something sweeter and more appetizing at times. The cold mornings of fall and winter make it especially hard to say no to a hot cup of coffee or tea. Try a healthy homemade version of a pumpkin chai tea latte. You'll get your fix without going overboard. Chai tea is made with numerous beneficial spices, such as ginger and cinnamon. Pure pumpkin puree and some almond milk will help bring the drink together.
Nutritious food and drinks are necessary for overall health. You can't just load up on candy each Halloween and expect to feel good or energized. The stuff just isn't good for you. Opt for some healthier options so you can better your well-being.
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