Halloween is upon us and what that can often mean is a crazy day of running to Target to grab candy, picking the kiddos up from school & practice, and then off to Trick or Treat or to a Festival. Hoping that the rain holds out in the DFW area, and our kids can go out with friends to have some fun! They will then return with buckets of candy, and we will have leftover candy at our house - sugar filled fun! A great alternative is to be the "healthy house" in the neighborhood - buy small boxes of raisins or trail mix! There is nothin' wrong with that! Another great tip for younger kiddos - is to give them a container that is a bit smaller than a pillowcase. That way, they can fill up a small container and be good to go!
For us parents, its so tempting to grab some of that leftover candy and mindlessly snack away. Look at this before hand to help keep a good perspective on what you are taking in...
Here are some fun healthy recipes we have found to go alongside your Halloween evening! What plans do you have for tomorrow night? Any great costume ideas out there?
Total Time: 45 min.
Prep Time: 5 min. Cooking Time: 40 min. Yield: 6 servings, about ¼ cup each
Ingredients: Seeds from one medium pumpkin, rinsed (about 1½ cups) Water ½ tsp. sea salt 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (or garlic powder, seasoning salt, or 1 Tbsp. curry powder) (to taste; optional)
Preparation: 1. Preheat the oven to 300° F. 2. Place seeds, water (2 cups water for every ½ cup of seeds), and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; gently boil for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly. Dry with paper towels. 3. Coat baking sheet with oil; spread pumpkin seeds on baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until seeds are lightly browned. Let cool completely.
Tip: For flavored seeds, coat with one or more suggested spices before baking.
Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 40 min. Yield: 8 servings, ½ apple each
Ingredients: 4 medium apples, cored 1 Tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces ¼ cup brown sugar, packed 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats ½ tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg 1 dash ground cloves
Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 2. Combine oats, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and butter in a small bowl; mix with a fork until crumbly. 3. Fill apples evenly with oat mixture. 4. Place in an 8 x 8-inch pan; add water. Cover lightly with aluminum foil. 5. Bake for 20 minutes; remove foil, continue to bake for 20 minutes, or until apples are fork tender.