Halloween is almost here. And with Halloween comes the beginning of the “eating season”. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s all arriving soon, the days are about to become an obstacle course of tasty, yet regrettable, eating choices.
You can stack the odds in your favor by having healthy treats available at home, and bringing more-nutritious options to holiday parties and celebrations. Here are six treats that fit the festive mood of this time of year–with a lot less fat, fewer calories (and more vitamins and minerals!) that you probably think.
This simple–and cheap!–healthy treat gives you all the great flavor of apple pie without the fat-filled pastry. As a bonus, you get to enjoy the apple’s fiber as well because you’re eating the skin. If you just have to have a bit of pastry, these mini pies baked in apples are another delicious and healthier option.
It’s not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie–but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with your usual recipe. This paleo version has a crust made of almond flour and vitamin A-rich pumpkin puree. And save the zinc-filled seeds when you carve out the pumpkin, because when they’re sprinkled with cinnamon and roasted they make a great snack on their own or topping for salad or dessert.
A Healthier Hanukkah
The festival of lights begins on December 16 this year, and these two healthy treats will make a great addition to your holiday table. The blintzes have vitamin D from eggs, calcium from Greek yogurt and vitamin C from blueberries. And this recipe for rugelach cookies is sugar free.
Fall is a delicious time of year. But it doesn’t have to bust your waistline and health goals–we’ll be talking about bathing suit season again before you know it. Use the recipes above to enjoy healthy treats with your favorite seasonal flavors minus the guilt.