With Halloween fast approaching, I like to prepare early for all those trick-or-treaters by stocking up on plenty of sweets ready to hand out on the day. The problem is, will there be any left by the time Halloween actually arrives?
Yes, I admit it, I have a sweet-tooth.
The best thing about snacking for those with no will power like me is not to have these goodies in the house to begin with. But a little bit of what you fancy never did you any harm, right?
Then again, things have changed over the years when it comes to nutrition with increasing evidence that actually, snacking is good for us, if it’s the right kind of snack.
For instance, by reaching for a handful of salt-free roasted almonds instead of a bag full of sweets, not only are you giving yourself a nutrition-filled boost to your general health and well-being, but you are also helping to lower LDL, the ‘bad’ cholesterol.
In fact, the more I read about nutrition and diets, the more proof there seems to be that healthy snacks reduce blood sugar levels, give us more energy and help us lose weight. The benefits are endless.
I had never seen such an array of spooky treats for Halloween as when I volunteered to help out at my son’s first Halloween party during his kindergarten year in California. As I’ve said before, Halloween was very different for me growing up in England; I marvelled at ‘monster-hand’ see-through, plastic gloves filled with popcorn, ‘Vampire Teeth’ Candy Corn and ‘Sour Worms’ crawling through crushed chocolate cookie ‘dirt’. All great fun.
But it’s not until needing to come up with a Halloween-themed starter for a dinner party last year that I tried to think of something not only terrifyingly tasty but healthy too.
So I made this:
Eyeball Soup ~
This couldn’t be more simple to make by using either your own home-made tomato soup, or, if pushed for time as I was, the ready-made low-salt option. The soup I used here is actually a basil tomato, hence the ‘bits’ floating around for a spookier, streaky touch.
Most supermarkets sell low-fat buffalo mozzarella which I used for the eye-ball by forming the ’rounds’ with an ice-cream scoop. A stuffed green olive plonked in the middle makes for a wonderfully, googly pupil with a bit of red in the middle for a nice blood-shot effect.
Tasty and healthy, more ‘light bite’ (pardon the pun) than snack, but even with the sharpest of teeth, Dracula himself can sip the soup without worrying about needing a bigger belt. Pretty fang-tastic, I would say.
After all, what could be better than a selection of spooktacular snacks that thrill and chill without frightening the waistline?
Happy Healthy Halloween Snacking!