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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Food for Thought : Healthy Halloween

Do you think it is possible to have a "healthy Halloween" ? Many times  we allow  events , celebrations  or certain holidays  to wreck our  healthy  nutrition plans for the  sake of habit  or tradition . Halloween is usually  one of those times . We tend  to eat a lot  lot of  candy during this  time of  the  year . There are approximately  35 billion pounds  of  candy  corn produced each year  , and most is  consumed  during the fall . And that number is  just for candy corn , it  doesn't included  other sweets and chocolate ! According  to one  survey  , American households spend  44 dollars each  year on Halloween  candy which  can add  up to a lot  of unwanted  calories . Here  are  a few tips  to help you survive  the  holiday without  adding  unwanted pounds .

1.  Don't  buy more candy  than  you think  you will pass along  to "trick-or-treaters". Pass up the  urge  to buy candy  just because  it is on  sale  or  a good value .  Keep  candy  out of  sight  by putting  it into  the pantry  or  cabinet .

2 .  Don't  allow  your  children , or yourself  to go trick-or-treating on an empty stomach . You  will be more likely  to eat  more  candy than you  anticipated . Once  you get  home  , go through your candy  and  pick out  a few  favorites . Donate  the rest .

3 .  Look for  non-food treats  to give away  to loved ones  and  neighbors . Kids  love all sorts  of trinkets . You  can find  items  such as  sidewalk chalk , stickers  and  other  small items  at discount  and  dollar  stores .  Remember   to  check  all  candies  before  eating  .
                              CANDY CORN MILKSHAKE 
1     Quart Vanilla Ice Cream
1     Quart Orange Sherbet
Whipped Cream or Cool Whip
Yellow Food Coloring
Black, Yellow & Orange Sprinkles

1 .  Let your vanilla ice cream soften for about 25 minutes outside of the freezer. After the ice cream is softened take 1/3 of the ice cream and put it into a bowl and put the quart of vanilla ice cream back in the freezer. Add yellow food coloring to the ice cream in the bowl until the desired shade is obtained. Mix well.
2 .  Take your orange sherbet out of the freezer to allow it to start softening.
3 .  Get your mason jars, clear plastic cups, or glass drinking glasses and spoon yellow ice cream into the bottoms, filling the cups about 1/3 full. Smooth out the top as evenly as you can.   
4 .   Wipe down the inside of the cups with a paper towel to remove ice cream streaks. Place your cups in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to let the yellow layer harden a little.
5 .  Take your vanilla ice cream out of the freezer again to allow it to start softening.
6 .   Remove the cups from the freezer and carefully spoon in the orange sherbet now, filling the cups about 2/3 full, and again, smoothing out the top. Wipe the excess on the inside of the cups with a paper towel. Place the cups back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
7 .  Remove the cups from the freezer and add the final layer of vanilla ice cream, filling the cups within 1/2 inch from the top of the cup. Smooth out the tops again.
8 .  Top off your desserts with whipped cream or cool whip and sprinkles. Place in the freezer until they are ready to be served.
Yields about 10 milkshakes, depending on size of cups.

Words of Wisdom :

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

“When you judge you project your shadows onto others, when you love you project your light.” 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

"In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger – something better, pushing right back." 

My grandkids  found  this  recipe  for  me   , I must say  it  is delightful  delicious .

A proud grand-poppa       G.


  1. Dear HB
    The recipe looks delicious. I an a true believer that food should look good as well as taste good to make it a much better experience.
    It is so hard to stop that river of sugar flowing on Halloween. But giving little gifts other than candies is a fun Idea. We gave pencil cases full of magic markers one year, a long time ago and I think the all kids really liked it. They already had 10 pounds of candy from around the neighborhood.
    Have a great Halloween Party
    Love and hugs Butterfly

  2. My lovely Butterfly ,
    Yes the recipe is delicious and it taste great , I always like to have my food to be placed nicely on the table or plate . when dining out , I do not like a sloppy plate or a bowl or plate filled to the brim , you can always ask for more . It is nice to give things other than candy . We always give the small mini boxes of raisins , they are a natural sugar .
    The Party was great , The kids invited all their class mates to come take a tour , the kids had to be accomplish by their parents and get their trick or treat on the way out . Everyone had a great time .
    Hugs and love HB


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