How To Improve the Nutrition Quality at Your Halloween Party
The cooler weather, shorter days, and Fall holidays tend to create in us a desire for all the indulgent foods of the season.
It seems there is some form of holiday party in every area of your life from school, work, family, and now Friendsgiving is a thing. By the time January comes we’ve slid into some poor dietary habits that can take weeks to months to recover from.
It is tempting to blame the start of this progression on Thanksgiving, but the case can be made that Halloween sneaks in a couple of unwanted pounds as well. Those fun sized candy bars and mindless snacking at your kids class Halloween parties add more to your sugar cravings and inflammation than we realize.
So what is a person to do with this seemingly unavoidable sugar-laden holiday? There is good news, a whole world of healthy Halloween-themed foods exists and they’re as nutrient packed as they are festive.
It’s simple, fun, and packed with vitamins. Not only will snacking on watermelon reduce the amount of sugar you take in during the holidays, but it also contains a fair amount of vitamin C and other immune boosting nutrients that will help to keep you illness-free.
Simply cut the rind off the watermelon making sure to leave a bit of the white portion. Once all the green is removed and you are left with a white melon, take a small knife and run it along in wavy patterns like the curves in the brain. This will allow you to remove the portions cut and leave you with a white melon with the red showing through the cuts.
Candy Corn Parfait:
Redeem this Halloween candy with a healthy parfait. In a clear glass, like stemless wine glass, place pineapple on the bottom, mandarin oranges in the middle, and top with a low calorie or homemade whipped cream. Place a single piece of candy corn on top for decoration and to make sure you guests understand what you’ve created.
Pineapple and mandarin oranges are nutrient packed fruits to curb your sweet tooth without the added sugar. Pineapple is packed with B vitamins which play a number of important roles in the body, including energy support which will be needed during the busy holiday season. Pineapple also has natural anti-inflammatory benefits which can help improve and prevent chronic conditions.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:
Don’t waste the pumpkin seeds from your jack-o-lantern this Halloween. They can be roasted, seasoned, and place on your party table as a quick snack and conversation piece. They are both on theme and a pretty food to decorate the table with.
Pumpkin seeds contain between 30 and 40 percent of many essential minerals. Minerals are micronutrients that can go overlooked, but are vital to many important functions in the body. An ounce of pumpkin seeds provides nearly 40 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of magnesium. This mineral helps to fight depression, a common concern for the shorter and darker days of Fall and Winter. It is also helpful in lowering blood pressure, fighting inflammation, and improving type 2 diabetes.
Rotten Deviled Eggs:
No, we aren’t suggesting you take old eggs to a Halloween party. Egg dying can be year-round and help you provide a nutrient-dense snack for your guests or host. Boil your eggs and when they are done roll them around a bit between your hands until the shell cracks. Place the slightly cracked eggs into a bowl of blue, purple, or black food dye. Once dry peel the egg and you will find the outside has the appearance of a rotten egg. You can then dye the yolk green and pipe it into the center making it appear old.
Eggs are a great option as a quick protein and healthy fat source to help prevent over eating. Their omega-3 content puts them at the top of the list for reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and excellent for overall wellness.
Block carbs intelligently
Codeage Keto Carb Blocker is a dynamic fusion of 500mg white kidney bean, 250mg green tea and 200 mg pure cinnamon specifically designed for ketogenic and low-carb dieters.
Carb blockers are designed to help block the enzymes that are needed to digest certain carbs, thus reducing their intake.
Codeage Keto Carb Blocker has been developed with ketogenic and low-carb dieters who often reduce the amount of carbs they eat to a minimum in order to get to a state of ketosis.
The two main carb blockers available today are white kidney bean extract and green tea (camellia sinensis). White kidney bean extract is believed to be the most popular carb blocker while green tea extract is often used in combination.
Simple carbs are found in processed food such as candy, milk, soda and even fruits. However, complex carbs are foods that have nutritional value, are higher in fiber and also take longer to digest in the body. Examples of complex carbs are grains, broccoli, and beans. As soon as you start chewing on a complex carbohydrate like pasta or potatoes your body starts to produce digestive enzyme alpha-amylase through your saliva glands which starts the process of converting complex carbs into simple carbs. Once the carbs are broken down, the food will then enter your stomach and count as calories.
Whether Halloween is a holiday you choose to celebrate or abstain from chances are you will be faced with some form of celebration this year. For the host and hostess provide your guest will healthy options to choose from. As a guest providing a dish get creative with nutrient dense ingredients.
It may feel strange to bring a healthy food item to a holiday party, but your friends, family, co-workers, and especially your children’s teachers will thank you. Most of us want to eat a balanced diet during this time of the year, but often times we are left with little to choose from in that area. Be a dish that will be remembered for its taste, creativity, and health this year.