Healthy Halloween!

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It’s Monday 31st October, Halloween night. You arrive home after a long but successful evening trick or treating. After you’ve tucked your chocolate filled children into bed you hear a slight rustling coming from one of the bags of goodies. Suddenly, all intentions of your healthy diet start to flicker away into darkness…

Halloween is upon us and like every other holiday, temptation to tuck into festive treats is looming over us. Whether you’re out trick or treating with the little ones, apple bobbing at your neighbours party or hiding behind your pillow watching the latest horror blockbuster, always remember there is a healthy alternative and we’ve done the searching so you don’t have to. Click on the heading to be taken to the recipe.

Pumpkin Soup

pumpkinsoup_89904_16x9Okay, lets get the most obvious out of the way. Pumpkins are a big ball of healthiness full of  vital antioxidants and vitamins, so it’s no surprise they will feature a few times in this post. My favourite thing about this Pumpkin recipe is that the soup is served in the pumpkin itself meaning minimal washing up! With the addition of nutmeg and sherry, it’s certainly a classy dish.

 

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These treats are healthy and fun and if you’re brave you can get the kids to give you a helping hand. Make sure you stick to dark chocolate though as studies suggest that dark chocolate keeps you healthy by reducing your risk of heart disease, increasing the elasticity of your blood vessels, enhancing your brain and your nervous system health.

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With the rise in popular sweet potato fries, these are next gen. Add these to your Halloween buffet and see if anybody notices a difference. We won’t tell if you don’t.

 

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Clementine Pumpkins

These healthy snacks carry the effortlessly clever vibe. No need to link to a recipe as it’s super simple. Just peel some clementines (or any orange) and pop a stick of celery on top. Voila!

Pumpkin, spinach and walnut spaghetti pumpkin

Our mouths are watering just from the look of this dish. Don’t be fooled by the name however, this recipe uses butternut squash or ‘butternut pumpkin’ as known in Australia, New Zealand & Germany.

 

 

fg-parmesan-pumpkin-spinach-quinoa-recipeParmesan Pumpkin and Spinach Quinoa

If you haven’t already turned orange from all of this pumpkin, give this protein packed meal a go and if you haven’t already jumped on the quinoa wagon yet (tip: make sure you master the pronunciation before getting any funny looks from super-market staff) why not? High in magnesium and iron it can improve your metabolic health.

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Make use of those pumpkin guts when carving. This 3 minute Youtube video by POPsugar gives you 3 different ways to roast those pumpkin seeds. Perfect for those hosting a horror movie night.

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We couldn’t help but stir in a little bit of alcohol into this festive post- the orange juice is healthy, right? This Halloween Punch will definitely impress your party guests with the dry ice bubbles. Just remember to drink through a straw to avoid the dry ice touching your lips and always drink responsibly!

So there we have it. Hopefully you can sleep at night knowing that there is a healthy way around Halloween and without the sweets hopefully we’ve helped you dodge any of these sticky situations:

If you are inspired by any of the above recipes let us know – we’d love to see your creations.

Jess Young - Communications Assistant
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