Halloween is going to be rather different for some of us this year. Some states, or areas, may not be allowing door-to-door trick-or-treating. I am a sucker for fall festivals and Halloween parties it is my favorite holiday and time of the year! Rather than trick-or-treating you can create your own party or festivals by having close friends and family over. You can also make it fun for the kids to still be able to experience Halloween! Any time after August I feel like it's always a struggle to stay on track and eat healthy. There are so many foods and recipes that are fun for this upcoming weather and holidays. Aside from the obvious bags of delicious candy, that I find it hard to stay away from, there are some little snacks and treats that you can create to be slightly healthier.
Salted Caramel MCT Latte (keto or non-keto)
My number one go-to during this time of year is some type of spiced or flavored drink I especially enjoy coffee drinks. As I have said many times before I am a coffee fiend, so I love anything with coffee!
½ cup of milk (coconut and almond unsweetened milks will be keto-friendly)
1 cup of brewed coffee
1 scoop of American Made Nutrition (AMN) Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) flavor salted caramel
Dollop of fat-free whip cream (sugar-free preferred for keto)
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon, or 1 pump, of chocolate syrup or caramel syrup
The first step can either be done on the stovetop or you can use a coffee setup that steams and froths milk. For the stovetop take ½ cup of your choice of milk. The coconut or almond milk will be the healthiest unsweetened option. Heat in a small pot on the stovetop until it slightly begins to simmer and steam.
Remove the pot from the stovetop and place contents into a heat resistance mug. A clear heat resistance coffee mug will make the coffee look pretty. Otherwise any type of coffee mug works! LOL.
Once the liquid is in a mug use a frother and slightly froth the milk until the top becomes frothed. If you have a coffee setup that has a steamer and frother, then you can do all of this using your coffee setup.
Pour one cup of hot freshly brewed coffee in another mug. Add one scoop of AMN’s MCT flavor salted caramel and stir until dissolved.
Gently add in your steamed or frothed milk to your cup of coffee. Allow the milk to pour out before the frothed portion.
To make it more fun add some fat-free, or sugar-free, whipped cream and a dash of salt. You can also add some chocolate or caramel syrup if you wish!
Makes 1 Salted Caramel MCT Latte
Candy Corn Fruit Cups
For those that are a sucker for candy corn I thought it would be cute to make your own candy corn cups. Instead of candy they would be filled with fruit; thus, making them a Candy Corn Fruit Cup. Yes, candy corn can still be in this dish except you won’t just be eating an entire bowl of candy! Again, I like to use the clear mugs to make this because you can see the colors and the fruit stacked.
2 cups of pineapple, cut into bite-sized pieces
¼ cup of candy corn
2 cups of clementine, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup of cool whip or whip cream (optional sugar-free, fat-free, or lite to be healthier)
Take four clear glass mugs and evenly layer the bottom of each mug with pineapple.
Then add a few candy corns.
Next add a layer of clementine.
Top with the cool whip or whip cream.
Add another handful of your candy corn pieces.
Place in the fridge until ready to serve!
Makes 4 servings
Pumpkin Oat Cookies
Let's talk cookies! As many of you know I typically make cookies almost every weekend for Bobby during his Ironman Triathlon training. His weekends are his big workouts, so he just eats like an animal Friday night through Sunday night. I am also famous for making very large batches of homemade cut out sugar cookies, which I haven't done yet this year. Typically, around this time of the year is when I start breaking out the cut outs. These cookies are addictive and contain nothing but butter and sugar. There are many options for flourless or no bake cookies, and if you are a basic pumpkin lover like me then these cookies may be worth a try. You have the choice to use any type of sweetener for these cookies as well as controlling the level of sweetness. Sweetener options could consist of liquid monk fruit, maple syrup, or Jordan's Skinny Mixes Sugar-Free Syrup with a flavor of your choice!
1 cup of pureed pumpkin
2 ½ cups of oats (either rolled or quick type of oats)
½ cup of chocolate chips, sugar-free or regular (I love the Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels)
2 tablespoons of Swerve Sweetener Granular or maple syrup
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice seasoning
¼ cup of shredded coconut, walnuts, or pecans (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350ºF (177ºC).
Mix your five ingredients (pureed pumpkin, oats, chocolate chips, sweetener, and pumpkin pie spice) together in a large bowl and incorporate together until the batter becomes slightly thick. If you want it to be sweeter, you can add one tablespoon at a time of your choice of sweetener (Swerve Sweetener Granular or maple syrup).
Line a baking sheet with either foil or parchment paper.
Use your hands to create twelve cookies. Since these cookies do not have a rising agent they will not spread or rise, so be sure to create the shape you wish before putting them down on the pan.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes.
To make these more personalized you may add shredded coconut, walnuts, or pecans!
Makes 12 servings
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie Bites
¼ cup of canned pureed pumpkin
½ cup of peanut butter (I use Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter)
¼ cup of maple syrup (your choice of sugar-free, low-calorie, or pure maple syrup)
¼ cup of coconut flour
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie seasoning
2-3 tablespoons of powdered sugar (Swerve Sweetener Confectioners is keto-friendly)
In a medium-sized bowl combine the first five ingredients (pureed pumpkin, peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, and ground cinnamon). Combine ingredients until they are well mixed together.
Next, roll the batter into a ball shape. You can make any size Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie Bites that you wish. I Like to make mine smaller bite-sized, so I got twelve bites out of this batter.
Place the rolled bites onto a plate and put in the freezer for approximately 1-2 hours.
Afterwards, you can pull the bites out of freezer and sprinkle with the powdered sugar
Makes approximately 12 bites per servings
Additionally, there are many other recipes you can do that are quick, simple, and on the healthier side. You can roast chickpeas, or pumpkin seeds, in pumpkin pie seasoning and bake them in the oven. The chickpeas and pumpkin seeds typically take a bit to bake once you toss them in the oven they will cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) for an hour or more. On the other hand, if you wish to go all out and just celebrate this fall weather during this Halloween time then eat what you wish as long as it makes you happy. Don’t be hard on yourself, enjoy the holidays, and remember to just put in the work inside the gym!
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