You are not crazy if you think that pumpkin has taken over the grocery store, your local Starbucks, and maybe even your home. Now that we enter the fall weather and holiday season, we are bombarded with pumpkin, Halloween, and pounds of candy.
Don’t let the holidays get in the way of your healthy lifestyle. There are Halloween treats you can make at home that won’t hurt your waistline. We spoke with registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and expert consultant Felicia Stoler about how to keep your diet in check when the trick-or-treating season takes over.
“By changing up the foods you eat during the fall holiday season, you can keep your taste buds satisfied while feeding your body vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein,” Stoler said.
Stoler let us in on her favorite Halloween-inspired treats that are healthy and perfect for snacks or an after-dinner treat. “Use Pinterest to find great recipes and ideas for inventive and creative ways to make the presentation of food fun for everyone.” Stoler said.
“After you’ve done your apple picking this fall, put your baking skills to good use!” Stoler suggested. “You can core the apple, add some brown sugar, cinnamon, and a teaspoon of butter, vegan butter spread, or a good nutritional choice, Malaysian sustainable palm oil. Bake the apples in the oven until tender and sprinkle with hemp seeds for a little crunch. You will be getting vitamins, minerals, and fiber with this warm, tasty treat!”
Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving! “This tasty, tart little fruit can be added to salads, oatmeal, cereal, or even a turkey sandwich,” Stoler said. “Get some vitamins and fiber [from] this deep red fruit.”