8 Healthy Ideas For Halloween During COVID

Here are 8 Healthy Ideas For Halloween

 

The leaves are turning, nights are getting cooler and kids are planning what they’ll wear for Halloween. However, this year it’s not safe to go out trick or treating due to the coronavirus.

Here are 8 healthy ideas for your family to celebrate Halloween this year, despite COVID.

  1. Carve your pumpkins on Halloween night. Be sure to scoop out the pumpkin seeds and bake them in the oven. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of antioxidants, magnesium and zinc.
  2. Have a scavenger hunt inside or outside your house. Hide healthy treats, puzzles and other games for your kids to find. Then they can go inside and enjoy the games they just found.
  3. Bake some yummy, healthy treats or make your own mini pizzas. For instance, add pepperoni, olive and peppers in the shape of spiders on your pizza. If you are looking for gluten free pepperoni or kholbsa, check out Pillar’s. Looking to make your pizza dairy free, try Daiya dairy free mozzarella.
  4. Host a zoom Halloween party and show off your kids costumes to family and friends.
  5. Watch a fun movie from the past. Here are a few to choose from; SpaceJam, Ghost Busters, Beetlejuice, Hotel Transylvania, Hocus Pocus, Gremlins, ET, Room on the Broom, Super Monsters Save Halloween, or The House With A Cock In Its Walls.
  6. Head to a drive in movie theatre to catch a scary movie.
  7. Buy a Tower Garden and create a healthy indoor garden all year round. Kids love to grow their own food.
  8. Trick or Treat virtually for UNICEF.

Here are some gluten free, dairy free recipes you can make this Halloween

Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • pinch vanilla extract
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Line a muffin tin with parchment paper
  2. Melt chocolate chips, 2 tbsp coconut oil in a pot on the stove
  3. Mix pumpkin puree, almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla in a food processor
  4. Place a teaspoon of chocolate in the bottom of muffin tin
  5. Put in freezer until frozen
  6. Add pumpkin puree mixture on top of chocolate
  7. Drizzle remaining chocolate on top
  8. Place in fridge or freezer until hardened

Chocolate Chip Cookies- click here for the recipe

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

2 cups almond milk or coconut milk

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

2 tbsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp maple syrup

pinch cinnamon

pinch nutmeg

Mix all together in a pot on the stove, heat and  blend. Top with coconut cream

In conclusion, we all know that there are so many options for making Halloween, healthy and safe this year.

Have fun, stay safe!

 

About the Author

Written by: Shirley Plant
Shirley Plant is a nutritionist and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies, and those looking for healthy, tasty recipes. Shirley offers dietary counselling and menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

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