Pumpkins are not only a universal symbol of Halloween, they are also packed full of vitamins and minerals necessary to keep your body healthy, including vitamins C and E which can help support your immune system. So when you’re carving your pumpkin don’t throw out the flesh. Why not try making a warming soup by adding the scooped out pumpkin flesh to some sautéed onions, vegetable stock and herbs or spices to taste (try cinnamon and nutmeg, or chilli and thyme), simmer until the pumpkin is soft and blend – a healthy way to warm up when you come home from trick-or-treating!
Pumpkin seeds make a great snack or can be sprinkled over soup or salad to add a crunchy texture. They are also a good source of magnesium, which is essential for healthy muscles. When you carve your pumpkin, remove the seeds and clean them well. Drizzle the seeds with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast until they are golden brown.
We all love munching popcorn while watching a scary movie. Instead of buying ready prepared popcorn why not have a go at popping your own? Air-popped popcorn can be a healthful Halloween treat that also increases your fibre intake. Try sprinkling your popcorn with cinnamon to satisfy your desire for something sweet. You could also add orange coloured dried fruit, such as apricots or mangoes, to add some Halloween colour to your popcorn.
Trick-or-treating provides the perfect opportunity to increase your calorie burn. We all know that walking is a great physical activity so why not get the kids dressed up and walk around your neighbourhood on Halloween. But what if our unpredictable British weather scuppers your trick-or-treating plans? Teach the kids the frightful moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and dance off those calories! Use your Ki Fit to see the impact on your calorie burn total!
We all find the temptation of a giant bowl of Halloween sweets sat waiting for trick-or-treaters hard to resist. So if you do decide to indulge try to keep your treats to less than 200 calories, which is about 50g of sweets like gummy bears or dolly mixtures. You don’t have to give out sweets to trick-or-treaters; temporary tattoos, stickers, and small plastic toys make good alternatives. But remember, whatever you decide to eat this Halloween, your Ki Fit gives you access to information about how many calories you are burning and how many calories you are consuming to enable you to make choices that suit your lifestyle and goals – Have a happy and healthy Halloween with Ki!