There was a time not long ago when I would sneakily eat my children’s Halloween sweeties to save them from themselves, (us mums are such martyrs sometimes haha!) and also so that the junk could be quickly gone from the house.
Although, I never want my children to feel deprived and so they do eat sweets (and plenty of junk with grandparents). I do try my best to introduce them to tasty clean treats that they can enjoy just as much without the high sugar content. Also, I feel so much better when I am eating clean that it is just not worth the lethargy overload that ensues from a sugar binge.
The first recipe is a pumpkin smoothie which turned out to be delicious. It was a complete experiment, although I have heard of pumpkin being used in smoothies before. As with all of my recipes, they can be adapted to your tastes, feel free to add healthy ingredients or miss out ingredients. I try to make my recipes different to other sweet treats offered on other sites by making them as low in sugar as possible, therefore if you feel the need to add a bit of banana, a little agave for sweetness or a little natural sweetness of your choice they will still be healthy clean treats.
PassionAtely pumpkin smoothie
400ml unsweetened almond milk (or a nut milk of your choice)
1 tbsp coconut flesh or coconut cream from the tin
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp almond nut butter
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cacao nibs/raw cacao
1 tbsp chia seeds
approx. 5 tbsp boiled pumpkin
optional: banana, walnuts, rice malt syrup or raw organic honey (or tbsp stevia/erythritol/xylitol)
Don’t forget about the seeds!
Pumpkin seeds are absolutely packed with nutrients, so please don’t discard them. They are very high in magnesium, from which many people find themselves deficient. Those low in this mineral find themselves regularly suffering from headaches, low blood sugar, constipation, insomnia not to mention a worsened menstrual symptoms, low mood and very little energy. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium so use them to sprinkle on porridge, smoothies or soup. These nutritious seeds are also high in protein, omega 3 (for the brain and heart) fibre, iron, zinc (for immunity and healthy skin and hair). Hopefully, you can now see it is worth the 5 minutes it takes to sieve and take off the pumpkin and place on a baking sheet.
Once you have cleaned your pumpkin seeds, place them on a baking sheet and dry out in an oven at 100 degrees celsius for 20-30 minutes. You can sprinkle with sea salt and or black pepper, alternatively you can use some rice malt syrup to sweeten and caramelise them into a healthy sweet treat.
Trick or treats!
If you are wondering how to give a healthy treat to your little trick or treaters, this may be an idea you can easily prepare for the weekend. Popping corn is 75p from Sainsburys and all you need to do is put a little hemp seed oil/olive oil/butter in a pan – heat the oil then add the kernels and put the pan lid on top until you can hear the popping slowing down. Sprinkle with a little sea salt/cinnamon and place into sandwich bags with a little ribbon.
If you need a fun party game, don’t forget to incorporate apple bobbing!
Have a wonderful Halloween, lots of love and health