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 may 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 can 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 help curb your sweet tooth without the added sugar. Pineapple is packed with B vitamins which can 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 can contain between 30 and 40 percent of many essential minerals. Minerals are micronutrients that can go overlooked, but can be 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 can help to fight depression, a common concern for the shorter and darker days of Fall and Winter.* It can also be helpful in managing blood pressure or helping with inflammation.*
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 helping reduce inflammation, improve heart health, and excellent for overall wellness.*
Block carbs intelligently
A fusion of 3 natural ingredients that may help with the absorption of complex carbs for those on a ketogenic or low-carb diet.*
- 500 mg white kidney beans as "starch blockers"*
- 250 mg green tea leaf powder
- 200 mg cinnamon powder
- Natural and non-GMO
- Dairy, soy, and gluten free
- Made in the USA in a cGMP certified facility
- Third party tested
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.