Halloween Tricks or Treats?

This post has been brought to you by Raphael Konforti, Youfit’s very own Fitness Education Coordinator

Every year we’re faced with Halloween candy – the once a year treats that melt our will power like chocolate in a hot car. Even though we all know candy corn is just fun shaped colorful sugar, it’s still incredibly hard to resist. Hopefully candy corn is an afterthought as you’ve been falling for fitness and following healthy recipes. However, it is important to remember that many of the so called “healthy” recipes are actually a trick, not even close to being a healthy treat. Thankfully, you don’t have to wonder about whether these treats are healthy aberrations or the real deal, we’ve got that covered for you. Let’s make sure you don’t get tricked by an innocently disguised treat.

Candy Apple or Monster Mouths?

candyapple monstermouths

Well this is an easy trick or treat to start with. When candy is part of the name it’s a given that it’s loaded with sugar. Hopefully an apple doesn’t have to be literally coated in sugar packed caramel for you to eat it. But monster mouths? It sounds like it could be your next costume. Really it’s just a fun way to have apples with much less sugar. Even though peanut butter is calorie dense it’s high in protein and low in sugar so it doesn’t spike insulin and immediately lead to weight gain. An even healthier alternative is substituting the marshmallow teeth for almond slivers.

Winner: Monster Mouths

Layered Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes or Pumpkin Pancakes?

pumpkincheese pumpprot

Ok ok, you’re thinking this is too easy. Obviously you’re just being teased with cheesecake and pancakes. Lucky for you, neither is a trick, they’re equally healthy treats as long as you can follow the recipes. Either recipe lets you indulge in the ever delicious and exciting seasonal pumpkin flavors. These recipes go very light on the sugar while adding in extra protein, an essential nutrient to recovering and performing in workouts.

Winner: Both!

Fruity Popcorn Balls or Turtle Corn?

popcornballs turtlecorn1

Guessing this battle is tougher but hopefully you weren’t fooled into thinking one’s healthy because they’re both tricks! If you assumed all fruit is good for you, don’t be discouraged, you have the right mindset. Fruit, just like any food when it undergoes processing, generally drops on the healthiness scale. Dried fruit lacks many of the benefits of fresh fruit like fiber and caloric density. Essentially, it’s just sugar that looks like fruit. As for the Turtle Corn, well that looks delicious but we both know that isn’t a trick. It is a flat out caramel smothered chocolate treat.

Still have the craving for popcorn treats? Luckily plain popcorn is very light on calories, most individual bags are only around 100 calories. Try adding in some cinnamon to your popcorn to give it the fall feeling.

Winner: Neither! Try cinnamon flavored popcorn instead.

This halloween the only thing you should be scared of is all the spooky costumes, not the tricky treats. Try to beat the predictable holiday candy and impress your friends and family with one of the healthy recipes. Make sure this halloween is memorable for the creative and tasty recipes you put out rather than the belly ache after a candy binge.

Recipes featured in the article:

  • http://clintonkelly.com/food-drink/turn-your-halloween-candy-into-caramel-apples
  • http://whattheflicka.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/halloween-apple-bites-7000.jpeg
  • https://www.pamperedchef.com/iceberg/com/recipe/999145-lg.jpg
  • http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/docs/2012/mini-pumpkin-cheesecakes.pdf
  • http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/8-great-pumpkin-recipes.html
  • http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a1973/sweet-popcorn-balls-clv1007/
  • http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a1838/turtle-corn-3960/

 

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Raphael Konforti is the Fitness Education Coordinator for Youfit.  He has a Masters of Exercise Science and has worked in many different areas of fitness including collegiate recreation, international resorts and fitness publishing.  Aside from the gym, he loves spending his time active and outdoors going surfing, diving, hiking, practicing yoga or pushing cars down the street.