Tempting Healthy Halloween Treats
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you don’t still want a sweet treat when Halloween rolls around. But if you’re like many emotional eaters, sometimes just that one taste can turn into days or weeks of not-according-to-plan eating that can cause unintended weight gain and start up cravings that may take weeks of white-knuckling through to get over.
Of course, you know yourself best, so always honor your body and your abilities before choosing to go even a little bit off track.
So here are a few friendly Halloween treats that shouldn’t set you back.
Green apples with unsweetened almond butter
Crunch into an apple and taste autumn. Fruits can be high carb, but opting for a green apple will cut some of the sugar. Along with the fiber and pectin in the apple, pairing it with protein and fat (like a natural nut butter) will help that sugar not hit your blood so quickly. Add a pinch of cinnamon, if you like.
Spiced pumpkin seeds
Trade in a handful of almonds for pumpkin seeds in October. If you’re carving jack-o’-lanterns, you could clean and roast the seeds, but pepitas, which come from different varieties of pumpkins, are meatier and may not have to be shelled. Drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with ground chili and sea salt, and toast in an oven on low until fragrant. Cinnamon and nutmeg with a sprinkle of powdered stevia or erythritol work for that sweet tooth.
Homemade chai tea
Chilly weather calls for cozying up to a hot drink, and homemade chai is spicy and comforting. Grate lots of fresh ginger into the pot to make it truly magical. Staying away from dairy? You can use many of the nutmilks as alternatives, just be sure to get the unsweetened varieties. Add antioxidant-rich spices, like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves for a more potent punch of flavor.
Dark chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Craving chocolate? Here’s a treat that your mom would be okay with. You can make your own peanut butter or almond butter filled chocolate cup. The bonus to doing it yourself is that you get to choose the ingredients and flavors.