Healthy Halloween Treats and In Home Senior Care

October is drawing to a close and with the end of the month comes the annual tradition of Halloween.  Halloween is widely known for the costumes and door-to-door trick-or-treating around neighborhoods.  Many hand out candy to children who wear creative, spooky and funny costumes.  This holiday can be the scale’s worst nightmare if too many Halloween treats are consumed.

It’s easy to fall in down the slippery slope of snacking on those Halloween candies, but as Thanksgiving and winter holidays approach, it is best to try to steer clear as much as possible.  Weight gain is a lot easier in the late fall and winter months, so staying ahead of the gain is best. 

One healthy Halloween treat is a pumpkin banana bread.   This is a simple banana bread recipe mixed up with some pumpkin puree and cinnamon that can be done at home.  A quick internet search will pull up a tasty treat that is sure to tickle the taste buds this fall!

When it comes to appealing treats, sometimes all it takes is great presentation.  Simply spreading guacamole on a plate in square shape to act as a Frankenstein face with dark tortilla chips placed as hair will be as fun as it is delicious.  Sour cream circular blobs with black olives in the center will look like spooky eyes; sliced olives designed like eyebrows and lips will complete the look!

Other easy and healthy Halloween treats include designing a peeled orange or tangerine as a pumpkin by sticking a piece of a celery stick in the top to act as a stem.  Using a halved mozzarella stick, spread some whipped cream cheese at a tip and place triangle-cut bell peppers as fingernails.  These will look like a witch’s fingers and will delight and entice.  Peanut butter inside two apple slices can act as lips with peanuts or cashews placed as teeth. 

A skeleton veggie tray is not only easy but will encourage healthy eating as well!  The small bowl of veggie dip will serve as the head with a slice of lettuce for the hair.  Cucumber slices can be designed as the backbone with sliced peppers serving as ribs.  Celery sticks will look great as the shoulders and thighs, while carrot sticks finish up the arm and leg pieces.  Using cauliflower and broccoli as hands and feet will top off the idea.

When it comes to healthier snacking habits, sometimes it is best to simply hide the junk food and keep the healthy food in plain sight.  The more we see the healthier options, the more we will gravitate toward them. 

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home senior care and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 952-392-1999!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Minnetonka provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Bloomington, Maplewood, Eden Prairie, Roseville, Richfield, Edina, Shoreview, North Oaks, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, and surrounding areas..

 




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