Thursday, October 29, 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 .

# .  Look for  non-food treats  to give away  to loved ones  and  neighbors . Kids  love all sorts  of trinket's . 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  .
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. 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.
4 . Take your vanilla ice cream out of the freezer again to allow it to start softening.
5 . 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.
6 . 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.
7 . 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 grand-kids  found  the  Halloween  recipe  On
A proud grand-poppa                    G.


  1. Yum! I've as much a weakness for ice cream as I have for candy!:-) Actually, I stopped giving out candy a number of years ago. Now I give out small bags of pretzels (Halloween shapes) and Annie's bunnies in brown and orange colors. No real temptation for me with the leftovers.:-) Happy Halloween!

  2. Thank you my Lady ,
    I understand the weakness for sweets , with four grands kids under feet it' is hard , I make it through most holidays .
    Happy Halloween to you , drop by again . ;-D)

  3. Poppa , the girls is making witches hats , daddy asked them why they needed a case of crescent rolls , they are so good , we gave uncle Sal one and he asked for another , he likes them . Jenny told daddy to go to the store and get more candy to make more Halloween candy trees , we are going with him to get more stuff to make the candy corn milkshake . we will have more fun , mama said it was too dangerous to go trick and treating . The barn look spooky , everyone made it look like a haunted house and lot of people will come by to bring their kids , it will be fun . We love you poppa .
    wrote by Jonny.
    We love you poppa and uncle

    1. My dear Grands ,
      I think all the men in the family was watching the girls as they got them out the oven . Boy ! Those witches hats was delicious and I loved the ones with the cream cheese and nuts .
      I think the barn was really spooky , but everyone had a great time . Families was all over the neighborhood came out , I think the parents enjoyed it best . A great time had by all .
      I surely love all of you .
      Wrote by Poppa (laughing my butt off) .

  4. G.
    You rascal , glad to see you back , the haunted house looks devilish spooky , A good idea for all the kids here , I don't know why you hadn't thought of this before . Great idea .

    1. Hello my dear Joanna ,
      I do so agree , the haunted house was very spooky and the parents was more skirmish than the kids , It was fun and something for the families do do together and did not have to worry about getting hurt . It was so very nice the kids here invited there friend to tour the hunted house and get a trick or treat on their way out .
      Later is sooner that you think . (laughing my butt off )


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