All of us will agree that Halloween and candy are inseparable which can turn into a nightmare for many parents following a paleo diet lifestyle. Not because either paleo or Halloween is scary but because of the mountain high dose of sugar and fructose laden corn syrup found in Halloween treats. Add to that grainy additives, vegetable oils and dairy based ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a load of non paleo eatables that you don’t know what to do with.
And while we have no control over what others will hand out, we can at least make the Halloween experience at home a more paleo friendly one. Here are some healthy yet fun ideas that will make Halloween a memorable time for all:
Since pumpkin and Halloween also enjoy close affinity, why not use one to treat the other. Pumpkins are versatile foods as they can be used in many different ways. Apart from traditional pumpkin carving, they can be used in salads, soups, stews, muffins and paleo friendly pies. YUM!
Pumpkins provide natural carbs and are high in vitamin c, potassium and beta carotene. The seeds from a pumpkin contain amazing amounts of magnesium and make an ideal snack to, well… snack on.
Another ingredient that works well with Halloween treat theme is the use of dark chocolate. While 100% dark chocolate may not go down well with any kid, find a variety that will be palatably acceptable without going too light.
Dark chocolate serves as a good source of iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. Its sugar content is very low and acceptable by paleo standards and it serves really well as a sweetener on the paleo diet. Dark chocolate can be used in as a garnish any paleo desert recipe that calls for dark décor. From making scary eyeballs, to spider webs on treats like cupcakes or stick faces, dark chocolate can add festivity to any treat idea. Anything from frozen chocolate covered bananas to chocolates coated nuts will fit the bill quite nicely.
Most snack and meal ideas will involve nothing more than drizzling the chocolate over the paleo goodies to give them a finished look.
Dark chocolate can also be used in creating savory delights like chocolate covered bacon strips. All the recipe requires is baking the bacon strips or bits until just crisp. Upon cooling, dip bacon bits in melted dark chocolate and refrigerate till chocolate hardens. It is best to store them in the fridge till ready to serve as the chocolate may soften by bringing into room temperature.
In line with the Halloween spirit and the chilling weather outside, you can get creative with a myriad of eerily red or gruesomely green soups. Beets can make a very red base for soups while leafy greens can be used rather well to concoct some grisly green goop.
Soups also give you a chance to make the best of many seasonal vegetables available making them fun on a special night like Halloween.
Back to sweet treats and paleo Halloween is the perfect time to create and then indulge in some exciting trail mixes. Packed with the goodness of nuts and seeds, trail mixes which can also be transformed into trail bars will make everyone happy, just make sure to check that there are no allergies involved.
Paleo Halloween Ideas
The internet is a great tool to use for paleo friendly Halloween inspired recipe ideas. With more and more people jumping in the paleo bandwagon, awareness has taken a turn for the better and there are lots of ideas in how to have a paleo inspired Halloween this year. While it would be impossible to list all snack ideas, here are some to get you started:
- Popcorn balls
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Chocolate dipped apricots
- Banana mummies
- Coconut cinnamon apples on a stick
- Creepy green soup
- Bloody beet soup
- Coconut boo bites
There is no need to miss out on the fun just because you refuse to have artificial sugars and additives in the diet. Explore your favorite paleo websites and go crazy making delicious Halloween treats.
And if wondering what to do with the candy received, perhaps let the kids indulge for a day or so as they will back on the paleo track for the rest of the year.