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Halloween Tricks & Treats

Posted on 10/27/2015 at 10:45 AM by Iowa Weight Loss Specialists

Halloween is usually associated with candy, sweets and parties where unhealthy food is lurking around every corner. We’ve compiled some tricks and healthier treats to help you have a healthy, fun and spooky Halloween!


Scary Fact: Four fun size candy bars total about 320 calories!


Halloween Tricks

  • When trick-or-treating, use one small bag to collect treats.
  • Give out Halloween pencils, stickers, and other small items instead of candy.
  • Spend time doing non-food Halloween activities such as playing games or have a costume contest.
  • Carry a water bottle with you at Halloween parties to sip from. This will help keep your hands out of the candy bowls and keep you hydrated!
  • Eat a high-protein snack before going to Halloween parties. This will help you feel full and help keep you from grazing the snack table.

 

Healthier Halloween Treats

  • Single serving unsweetened applesauce
  • Individual fruit cups (in water, not syrup)
  • Individual sugar-free pudding
  • Individual sugar-free gelatin
  • Whole-grain Goldfish
  • Fruit leathers
  • Single serving packs of pistachios
  • Single serving packs of almonds

 

Pumpkin Facts

  • Pumpkin is part of the gourd family, which includes squash.
  • Pumpkins are a good source of potassium and Vitamin C and an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • The original jack-o'-lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes by the Irish. In England, they used large beets and lit them with embers to ward off evil spirits. Irish immigrants brought their customs to America, but found that pumpkins were much easier to carve.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.

Click here for more pumpkin facts!

 

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Couple shakes of ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg or a couple of shakes of pumpkin pie spice

Blend and enjoy!

Nutrition: Using 1 scoop Unjury Vanilla Protein Powder. Calories: 155, Protein: 23 g, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Sugar: 5 g, Fiber: 3 g

 

Toast Your Pumpkin Seeds!

  • Rinse the seeds to remove pulp and strings.
  • Use non-stick cooking spray and coat a baking sheet.
  • Spread the seeds on the coated baking sheet. Bake at 325° Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir occasionally during baking.

Nutrition: 1 oz. of pumpkin seeds. Calories: 126, Protein: 5 g, Fiber: 5 g, Fat: 5 g (1 g saturated fat and 4 g unsaturated)

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