Halloween is the best time of year to bring the family together to enjoy a spook-tacular evening of films, dressing up and, of course, treats.
In a study done in 2016, when over 2000 parents were asked ‘what do your children enjoy most about Halloween’, over half of them said it was the treats they were given during trick or treating. Sweets, cakes and chocolates can be great treats, especially when enjoyed in moderation, but the number of calories children normally consume on fright night can be more of a trick (over 170g – equalling their entire calorie intake for one day in just sugary snacks!)
This Halloween, however, will be a little different. While trick or treating may not be an option for some in local lockdowns, families can still celebrate in their own homes to bring a sense of that Halloween magic: playing games, keeping active, and giving classic foods a haunted twist. Coming together to make tasty, healthy, Halloween treats without any spooky sugary surprises can be a fun way to get children to be creative and enjoy healthy snacks.
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Whether it’s pumpkins to carve, apples to bob, or sweets to snack on, there’s no denying that this spooky night is all about foods. This doesn’t mean, however, that the featured foods need to be unhealthy. With a little bit of creative thinking, you can still have a fun evening while keeping the calories down. Here are 3 top tips to bring the frightful fun to your Halloween:
While it can be more fun to experiment with your own Halloween treat ideas and designs, especially for children, here are some quick and simple recipe ideas you can use to add a little extra spooky magic to your home Halloween celebrations:
Banana ghosts – Banana halves on lollipop sticks, with chocolate buttons for eyes and raisins for mouths.
Healthy Halloween Stuffed Peppers – Take a pepper and carve a spooky jack-o-lantern face into the side, hollowing out the middle. Fill the pepper with your favourite ingredients such as grains, tomato (extra spooky if made to look like blood) and aubergine and bake for 35 minutes until soft and piping hot.
Pumpkin Pancakes – makes a fun Halloween breakfast treat. Stir in pumpkin or butternut squash instead of sugar with your usual pancake mix, fold stiffened egg whites into the mixture and cook in the pan (try and flip them as a Halloween dare). Once they’re plated up, decorate them with any spooky toppings e.g. berries for eyeballs.
Witches fingers – Slice up thin strips of pizza with triangles of tomato at the end for fingernails. Serve with a green ‘slime’ dip (sour cream and avocado).
For more ideas, and the full recipe for the peppers and pancakes, visit https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/healthy-halloween-recipes
Keeping everything else in mind, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t
be able to enjoy a traditional bit of sugary delight. But some treats pack a hidden
punch when it comes to calories and sugar load, and it’s always important to
know how much your daily sugar intake should be. According to goodtoknow.co.uk,
these are some of the tastiest and trickiest treats to know about this Halloween:
|Cola Bottles (n/a sugar per serving)||Wine Gums (122g sugar per serving)|
|Gummy Strawberries (23g sugar per 40g serving)||Percy Pigs (125g sugar per serving)|
|Fruit Pastilles (20g sugar per 10 sweets)||Haribbo Starmix (100g sugar per serving)|
|Starburst (22g sugar per packet)||Skittles (44g sugar per packet)|
|Lemon bonbons (17g sugar per small bag)||Midget Gems (46g sugar per serving)|
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