Happy (nearly) Halloween folks!
If you have kids you are probably already stocking the presses with sweets and chocolate for the trick-or-treaters, and for the night in general. Scary movies and children and sweets on Halloween is standard.
But let’s get realistic for a second here – as much as we love doting on kids and making them happy, in the long run, feeding them with sweets and sh*te, is not going to do them any long term favours.
So that’s why I’m writing this – to ruin your kid’s Halloween!
But really I want to give you some ideas on how you can celebrate Halloween in the least harmful way possible, that is, no processed junk, no sugary snacks and drinks.
Sound boring? But wait till you see what you get instead!
Ghoulish smoothies! Zombie popcorn! Candy apples! Witchey Chocolate Squares! And, biting apples!
Ghoulish Black Slime Smoothie
This ghoulish smoothie recipe would be great to start off the day in a gruesome and ghoulish way! The mix of spirulina and frozen blueberries give it a greeny black colour but really it’s full of fibre, nutrients and antioxidants. There is no processed sugar in this and yet it is so sweet from the dates and coconut water. Your kids will be so confused….!
Makes: 2 small glasses or 1 large glass
- 4 bananas
- A cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp goji berries
- 4 dates
- 1 tbsp milled flaxseed (linseed is the same thing)
- 250 ml coconut water
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend!
- Serve immediately
This recipe would also make interesting “shots” for a night time party. Trick people into thinking they’re eating black slime, when actually, it’s so sweet and delicious! And packed full of goodness!
Another really simple but nutritious recipe that would keep the little sprogs going through a sitting of Scream is this genius idea from Dr. Greger – Zombie Popcorn. He uses chlorella to give it that weird green colour, but, it also adds about a million units of nutrition! There is no butter or sugar in sight here – just some cheesy nutritional yeast and the chlorella. Find the recipe here on Lighter.com.
Freaky Biting Apples
Now when I was young we enjoyed games like bobbing for apples, and the one where you tie the apple to the string and hang it from a height to try and get a bite of it. I’d love to think that children nowadays would find the same pleasure in plain old apples. But if they don’t, and if they need that hint of “badness” to make them feel like it’s a treat, check out this recipe for chocolate and caramel covered apples. You still have the nutrition and the fibre from the apple, but you also have a delicious –but guilt-free– caramel and chocolate nutty topping! How happy would your little bambinos be if they came home from trick or treating to find these???
Green Minty Slime Squares
These slimy green chocolate covered squares are one of the nicest recipes I think I’ve ever made! They are made from Linwoods Flaxseed, goji berry, and sesame and pumpkin seed mix – making them so full of phytonutrients and fibre and omega 3’s! Everything a young man or lady needs. They are such a decadent treat you’d think you were eating fudgy After Eights! Find the recipe here for a video demo, or, here for a blog post.
And one for the adults, if you bought too many pumpkins than you can carve, or, if you only use it for the night you could grate it into this amazing brack recipe. A brack is a traditional Irish fruity cake bread. This one is so dense and moist – it’s amazing!