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Trick-or-treating and Halloween fun might seem like harmless childhood activities, but according to registered dietitian Diane Dressel with Mayo Clinic Health System, the holiday can have frightening consequences to those struggling with their weight. “Halloween can be the first challenge to people watching their weight as they approach the holiday feasting seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. You can move Halloween festivities beyond just candy.” Dressel is a program coordinator for Mayo Clinic Health System’s Weight Management Services, and offers the following advice:
CHECK OUT THESE HALLOWEEN RECIPES:
Witches Brew with Funny Face Ice Cubes
Diet or sugar-free blueberry juice (can combine with another sugar-free fruit juice)
Mandarin oranges or strips of strawberries
1. Pour juice into punch bowl.
2. Fill ice tray or muffin tin half full with water and freeze.
3. After the water is frozen, add blueberries (for eyes) and orange or strawberry strip (for the mouth).
4. Cover with water and freeze again.
5. Add ice cubes to punch before serving.
Yogurt Fruit Dip
3 cartons of blueberry light yogurt
8 ounces fat-free cream cheese
2 – 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Dash of lemon zest
Blend until smooth.
100 calories per cup
1 can pumpkin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 package (small) sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
1 cup skim milk
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Mix until smooth, spread in a shallow dish. Top with whipped topping.
160 calories per cup
Quick Caramel Dip
1 package sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding
1 package dry-mix whipped topping
1 ½ cups skim milk
10 calories per tablespoon