A trick or treating expedition is the best way for your kids to fill their boots with high sugar, high additive foods that normally wouldn’t make it through the front door. It’s only once a year so let’s not panic too much, but sugar puts a huge load on our body’s system and is devoid of nutrients required for processing it properly, so it depletes us of important vitamins and minerals. Sugar disrupts our energy levels, hormone messaging and mood.
Sugar is the culprit for development of metabolic diseases and weight gain, it also is highly addictive, so let’s look at a few alternatives to sugary snacks this Halloween so we don’t all turn into junkies!
Here are our top 3 Healthy Halloween Snacks:
Scary Apple Slices – No really! Take two slices of apple and spread with nut butter, sandwich them together and poke through almond slices to look like scary sharp teeth in between the ‘monster’s lips’.
Apples are one of the lowest sugar containing fruits, they are also full of fibre and other nutrients. You can choose any nut butter you have handy – we like almond, this is great for a portion of protein and essential fats to slow down those evil sugars.
Pumpkin Munching Seeds – don’t waste your pumpkin seeds after carving your lantern, wash and dry them, place on a baking tray with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkling of sea salt and/or chilli. Roast until crispy.
Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, a very important nutrient involved in the body’s healing process, immunity and fertility. They also contain essential fats that help all our body’s messaging systems.
Pumpkin Soup – Fry pumpkin chunks in coconut oil, with some onion and garlic, season and add about 750ml of homemade stock, some chilli flakes and a can of coconut milk, when the pumpkin is soft, blend up and serve.
Pumpkin flesh is full of carotenes, these are protective antioxidants, they convert to vitamin A in our bodies, which is an immune boosting vitamin, great for skin and eye health.
Saying no to all sweets at Halloween is totally unrealistic, we know! So here are some easy ways to reduce the negative effects of sugary foods:
- - Don’t eat sweets on an empty stomach. Eat dinner first and ensure you include some protein like meat, fish, quinoa, eggs, natural yoghurt, etc. which slows down the release of sugars into the bloodstream.
- - Help your body deal with a crazy sugar rush, by increasing your sensitivity to insulin (needed to remove sugar from the bloodstream). This means lots of exercise and eating very low sugar on a day-to-day basis.
- - Eat more health fats found in oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), avocados and nuts, which can improve our cells' ability to deal with sugar.