Hellloooo. How are you all??
You know, I’m from Australia. So each October, we Aussies miss out on some fun that it feels like the rest of the world is into. Some of us break the rules and play around anyway, but it’s not exactly a tradition over here.
HALLOWEEN! Ahh.. I wish I could dress up and go trick or treating (and actually get treats!) It sounds like so much FUN!
My best mate, D went to America and she got to experience Halloween. She loved it so much, that each year she carves out a pumpkin and lights it. I think she’s even thrown a Halloween party….
Think I need to crash at hers this year and just get spooky! She’s gonna love this post!
ANYWAY, the reason I’m talking about Halloween is because I know it’s coming up, and I know that it’s based on a lot of sweets, and a lot of candy. Candy that I’m sure you know isn’t that healthy.. but do you know what artificial colours and sweeteners are in those candies, and what they do to your children’s and your health?
Here.. Let me tell you! And don’t worry, I’m not trying to be a downer. I’ve got some recipes down below that are gonna kick some Halloween butt, I promise!
Additives and Colours in Halloween Treats and What They Do to your Health
Corn syrup – a concentrated form of liquid sugar – linked to weight gain and obesity.
Lecithin – be aware of products that include this if you have allergies to eggs, soy and seed proteins.
Gum Acacia – causes bloating and gas in individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. (Ref)
Artificial Food Colouring – Artificial food colouring has been linked to ADHD, asthma development, allergy development, insomnia, digestive issues among other conditions, damaging of nerves, mutation of chromosomes, and cancer development.
These include Food Dyes/Colours – 102,104,110,122,123,124,127,129,132,133,142,143,
151,155. (Ref) Watch out for them!
If you’d like to know more about additives, you should read my Healthy Eating blog series here!
And ofcourse, all candy contains sugar. Sugars are empty calories. They have no nutrients in them to help fuel your body with proper good nutrition! So, in saying that, try and make your own Halloween treats at home so you know what is in them, and they can be nutritious!
For some healthy sugar alternatives, you can read my post on sugar here.
Here are a list of the worst Halloween treats to consume – Peeps Pumpkin Marshmallows, Reese Peanut Butter Cups/Pieces, Peanut M&Ms, Cheetos, Doritos, Goldfish crackers, Tootsie Rolls, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, Tootsie Pops. (Ref)
Sorry to burst your bubble guys, but let’s get to the happiness now and make some spooky foods!!!
Also, a side note: Please go with your children around the neighbourhood as they trick or treat. You never know who lives around, or exactly what treats they could be giving your children. Encourage your children to wait until they get home to eat their treats, and check over them before hand.
I know that there are so many great ideas on Pinterest for Halloween treats – many unhealthy Halloween treats.
So below, I’m sharing with you my finds for some clean eating healthy treats that still taste amazing (and look amazing) so you can prep them for your spooky night and not break the weight loss bank!
So let’s get spooky!!
To start, let’s grab some healthy appetisers…
DIY Banana Mummies by Flo & Grace – these are super cute and easy!
Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts by Flo and Grace – love their idea with these ones too! Quick as anything too!
Paleo Witch Fingers by Food Faith Fitness – how awesome do these look!
Witchy Guacamole Dip by Fork and Beans – Guests will not go far from this one! Make sure there’s some extra ‘hats’ too.
Jack-O-Lantern Oranges by Chocolate Covered Kate – these are pretty snazzy and the kids can just grab and go!
Little Frankies Class Snack by Growing Up Greens – these are a nifty idea! I love the marshmallow idea!
Mummy Raisin Boxes by CRAFT – These are really cool and cheap to make!
Let’s grab some main meals….
Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries by Babble – Yummm! Just be careful with the knife.
Stuffed Pepper Jack-O-Lanterns by One Little Project – I think I’m gonna have to make these up one night – can you imagine some pulled pork??
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chilli by The Seasoned Mum – OMG Yum!
Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon by Cooking and Beer – You can swap the arborio rice for brown to make it a healthier option!
One-Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner by Cooking Classy – this looks delicious. Nothing better than a roast! Super easy too!
Let’s grab some sweet things!….
No Make Pumpkin Pie Balls by Evolving Table – Vegan, and no refined sugars!
Paleo Pumpkin Bars by My Natural Family – these look delicious and coconut whipped cream? Whattt.
Candy Corn Popsicles by Full Belly Sisters – these look amazing, although I myself would change the coconut milk to greek yoghurt cause greek yoghurt + mango puree = my life complete.
Vegan Ghost Cupcakes by Wallflower Kitchen – Yumm! If you click through to her Choc Orange Cupcakes, you are all set for a healthy recipe to have for life, and an awesome ghosty cupcake. Need I say more.
Vegan Meringue Ghosts Blondie Bites by Namely Marly – be aware of this recipe, not just cause there’s ghosts (hehe), but because of the 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Use healthy sugar substitutes to replace any white sugar you’re thinking of adding.
You can find out about all the things sugar and healthy sugar substitutes by reading my sugar post here. INSERT LINK.
Vegan-Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart by Unconventional Baker – I’m not saying anything about this tart. I’m just telling you to cook it… for me.
Halloween Bloody Cups by Elephantastic Vegan – you could make these with frozen strawberries too depending on your taste! YUM!
Salted Caramel Apple Parfaits by Savory Lotus – mmm apples, mmm natural salted caramel sauce..
Paleo Pumpkin Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce by 40 Aprons – I love churros!!!! And Paleo?? Even better.
Let’s grab some drinks!
Harry Potter Polyjuice Potion by The Plant Strong Vegan – If you really wanna get healthy with it, and look major gross, try out this potion!
Harry Potter Felix Felicis Potion by Plant Crush – this one looks so much nicer!
Raspberry Peach Lemonade by Joyful Healthy Eats – swap the sugar for natural sugar, and chuck in some eyeballs for effect! WAM PRESTO!
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte by Run To Radiance – Yummm, you might want this one at the end of the night!
Ok, so here we are!! You’ve got a ton of healthy recipes to get you through Halloween! I’d love to know what you thought, if you used any! Please follow my Facebook group and share your creations, and ofcourse – give a shout to the wonderful bloggers who made these recipes – blogs need some love too.
I think I’m off to make those churros,.. or that pumpkin risotto.. (mouth drool)
See you next time guys! Much love and Happy Halloween!