Boo! Here’s a frightening fact: the average American consumes 3.4 pounds of candy over Halloween. Not pieces—pounds! While it’s of course appropriate to celebrate special occasions with a sweet treat (or two), serious sugar binges spell scary health consequences (think: metabolic dysfunction, weight gain and liver damage—eek!). To avoid overconsuming confectionaries, fuel up on nutritious chow before canvasing for candy. Here are three recipes that will transform your Halloween from a dentist’s nightmare to a dietitian’s dream.
Stew On This
Soup is a low-calorie, high-flavor solution to pre-trick-or-treating hunger. This recipe for classic Minestrone Soup features a colorful collection of hearty veggies, including Libby’s® Sliced Carrots, Sweet Peas, Cut Green Beans and Whole Kernel Sweet Corn. Warning: the flavors may give goosebumps…in a good way. 🙂
Lettuce Get Healthy
This Halloween, don’t forget to dress up…your salad, that is! The three P’s—peas, pistachios and pecorino—add a fresh, savory and non-spooky flavor to this Warm Baby Green Salad.
Beet ‘Em & Eat ‘Em
Swap your bowl of candy corn for a bowl of this Roasted Beet Salsa. The recipe pairs Libby’s® Sliced Beets with an array of spices (i.e. jalapeño peppers, cilantro, lime juice, orange zest and more). Serve it with your favorite crackers and a slab of goat cheese for a frightfully filling appetizer.