Next week is Halloween and that means next week is jam packed with school parties. The trick? Trying to sneak in some healthy Halloween treats!
I think the idea of sneaking in healthy Halloween food in “costume” is pretty hysterical, but sometimes that’s all it takes! It doesn’t get much easier than jack-o-lantern clementines, or ghost cheese sticks. And this year I added a couple of new “food costumes”. Trick or treat? Let the kids decide!
Sssssscary healthy Halloween treats!
scary celery snake
chocolate Halloween hummus
A great way to counteract all of the sugar during Halloween is by sneaking in some fiber that will help slow the sugar absorption. This celery snake was a cinch to put together and the celery provides some soluble fiber. My kids also loved this hauntingly healthy Halloween hummus which also provides some fiber from the chickpeas. They kept mistakenly calling it chocolate pudding – which did make me think that maybe they haven’t tried too much actual chocolate pudding – but I decided not to correct them.
A couple of other costume winners in the healthy Halloween treat category are:
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Optional: If you love the flavor of chocolate and coconut you'll love this hummus try blending in a melted tablespoon of coconut oil. Just don't refrigerate this type of hummus because the oil will harden!
Optional: Just like in traditional hummus you can add tahini. I've made it both ways and while the tahini didn't really add any sesame flavor, it did deepen the flavor a bit so that it tasted to me a little like coffee.
Melt in your mouth perfection! This pavlova recipe has it all: sweet, crunchy, chewy, creamy and fruity. Given to me by a friend from New Zealand, it’s an authentic dish that’s a delicious change from your typical dessert.
This is the recipe that finally changed me from a chocolate-only dessert lover. Before I was introduced to this pavlova recipe if I made a dessert with -gasp! – sugar, it’s a pretty good bet that it would be made with chocolate. Why risk disappointment when we so rarely have something sweet? That all changed when a friend from New Zealand introduced me to this authentic New Zealand recipe. In fact, I love it so much that I made it for Christmas this year and my husband’s birthday. And my chocolate loving kids even chose this over a chocolate cake at our holiday party, asking for the “cake with the cucumbers on top.” Fortunately, there are no cucumbers, but there are kiwi and strawberries – a little healthy fruit to go with all the sugar. 🙂
Although the recipe isn’t hard, you do need to use superfine sugar (find it at gourmet food markets, kitchen stores, and online at amazon.com), and be sure to bake it low and slow (around 225 degrees for 90 minutes). Somehow it magically bakes into a “cake” with a crisp outer layer and a soft, gooey inside.
If you’re looking for a change from the traditional chocolate this year this beautiful pavlova recipe is sure to impress your Valentine! Enjoy!
I love everything about Thanksgiving- from the decorating, to the cooking, to the eating (ok, maybe not the clean-up)- but one thing I don’t love is the idea of chemicals and “manufactured food products” masquerading as my favorite foods.
When you’re planning your meal, I’m sure you’re not planning on cooking with and serving “Sodium Bisulfite”, “Partially Hydrogenated Oil”, “Pyrophosphate”, “Disodium Guanylate”, “Disodium Inosinate”, “Propyl Gallate”, and a slew of other unknown items. However, if you’re using one of these boxed options you’re serving all of this and more.
The twins’ much anticipated shark themed birthday party finally happened this weekend! … Anticipated mostly by them, while I was mostly apprehensive about pulling it all together. I’ve been worrying for weeks about how to create a birthday party that didn’t include the usual party “crashers” like soda, processed pizza, candy, artificial colors, preservatives, and loads of sugar. Now that they’re in kindergarten and on the “party circuit” there’s a certain level of expectation to be met, and I could tell they were a little worried about whether their friends would end up with carrot sticks in their goody bags.
My hubby surprised me with this breakfast for Mother’s Day and it was delicious! He also did a great job picking out ingredients to make this healthy and m’organic (which was a bit of a surprise!). I think it’s a great example of how easy it can be to eat real food and make good choices. You don’t need to be a nutrition expert, or spend all your time in the kitchen, to pick up a few changes along the way and really transform your diet. Continue reading
Yesterday was our twins’ 6th birthday and they could not have been more excited. For the past three days they’ve been asking us to sing “Happy (Almost) Birthday” to them every morning — something that their brothers were getting pretty tired of indulging them with every day. They also put their order in days ago for what they wanted for their “birthday breakfast”, you guessed it – ice cream!