SAN DIEGO, October 24, 2017– Halloween and the abundance of healthy apples come hand in hand. With its early roots in the Celtic celebration of Samhain, Halloween revelers would dance around roaring bonfires wearing scary costumes
designed to ward off ghosts.
Today, Americans enjoy modern-day Halloween celebrations such as trick-or-treating, dressing in Halloween costumes, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, participating in school festivities and enjoying private parties.
And crunchy delicious caramel apples and baked apples are favorite Halloween treats!
Apples Health Benefits are many
For those who are health conscious, apples are a great choice as the main ingredient for your Halloween desserts. They are a wonderfully delicious fall fruit and are abundant in grocery stores, whole foods markets, farmer’s markets and outdoor fruit stands.
Rich in vitamin C and high in fiber, it is thought that the old adage, “an apple a day,” may have basis in truth as they come with many health benefits. It is now thought that apples are also helpful in staving off dementia and providing blood sugar stabilization for those with diabetes.
From Health Facty are 10 Health Benefits of Apples, including:
- Whiter, healthier teeth;
- Apples slow down mental aging and may help in Alzheimer’s avoidance;
- A high concentration of antioxidants prevent dopamine-producing cells from breaking down which leads to Parkinson’s disease;
- Defenders against cancer with their high-fiber and triterpenoids;
- Apples prevent diabetes by battling sugar swings using their fibers;
- Soluble fibers in apples bind themselves with fats, reducing cholesterol;
- A stronger and healthier heart;
- Immune system support.
Thanks to the ideas from EatingWell, eating healthy is not a trick this Halloween!
Healthy Caramel Apples
1/3 cup light brown sugar (or sugar substitute)
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons light butter spread
1/8 teaspoon light salt
3 tablespoons chopped, unsalted nuts (peanuts, pecans, almonds)
6 small apples
Line a baking sheet with wax paper
Coat liner with a light cooking spray
Coat a tablespoon measure with cooking spray
Combine all ingredients except nuts in a saucepan
Cook over medium heat until the syrup starts to lightly bubble around the edges
Continuing cooking for an additional minute while stirring the syrup constantly
Adding nuts to the syrup mixture, continue cooking for approximately 1 minute
Constantly stir while cooking until the sugar is melted and mixture is darkened
Remove from heat
Quickly spoon about 1 tablespoon of the caramel nut syrup over each apple–turning the apple quickly as it is poured
Place each apple, bottom down, on the lined cookie sheet to dry for approximately 5 minutes
Insert a wooden popsicle stick into each apple through the top
Cool for 30 minutes and serve
Each apple is only approximately 225 calories, is low in fat, high in fiber and big in taste!
Tart Baked Apples
4 tart green apples
1/2 cup brown sugar (go healthy with Truvia Brown Sugar blend)
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Scoop out the core from top of the apple, leaving a well. Do not cut all the way through. Stuff each apple with 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until sugar begins to caramelize and apples are tender.
Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween this year.
May the entire family also enjoy these healthy Halloween treats which are fun and easy to make.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!