Happy and Healthy Halloween
Halloween is approaching, and we all know what that means! Candy, sugar and sweet treats will be consumed in obscene amounts, often well past the official holiday itself. While consuming these sugar-laden goodies in moderation may not impact your long-term health, you may want to consider substituting candy with healthier alternatives. We love our adorable Jack O’Lanterns made from all-natural ingredients and sweetened from the fruit itself. These eye catching treats are filled with fresh fruit, pumpkin seeds, and skyr, an Icelandic dairy product, which makes it the perfect secretly nutritious snack for any Halloween party. Light on sugar, high in protein and nutrients, and rich in flavor, these spooky Jack O’Lanterns will make the sweetest day of the year a little less scary!
Nutrient Booster: Oranges + Skyr
Just in time for Halloween, oranges make the perfect juicy, sweet snack and add an abundance of health properties to any recipe. The nutrients in oranges are plenty and diverse. Oranges are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, thiamin, folate, fiber and potassium. They also aid with heart health, cholesterol levels and may reduce the risk of respiratory diseases and certain cancers. Our Jack O’Lantern recipe is a naturally sweet way to boost your energy without the irritability, headache and fatigue that comes with Halloween’s sugar crash.
The skyr in this recipe adds vitamins and minerals to this Halloween treat, making it both nutritious and delicious. Its nutritional properties are almost identical to Greek yogurt, boasting high protein and calcium, but skyr is lower in sugar and has a sweeter taste. Skyr may also promote bone and heart health and help regulate blood pressure. We love using Icelandic Provisions Skyr in our recipes because it is committed to creating products that are as wholesome as they are delicious. Thick and creamy, this stick-to-your spoon wonder is only scary when it’s all gone!
Get Kids Involved
There are so many reasons to get kids involved in the kitchen at any age. Involving children in the cooking process greatly increases the chance they will taste the finished product. And it is great a way to spend quality time together while talking about healthy ingredients and the nutrients found in these healthy foods. Your kids will be excited to make some of our favorite and nutritious fun recipes. For kid-approved sweet treats, try our gluten-free brownies, Berry and Cashew Cream Dessert “Pizza”, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. Kid-sized cooks deserve adult sized nutrition!
Skyr Filled Jack-O-Lanterns
- 4 oranges, approximately 1 1/2 cups of orange sections
- 1 cup strawberries, washed and diced
- 1 cup banana, diced
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 (5.3 ounce) container Icelandic Provisions Skyr
- 2 tablespoons Sea Salt SuperSeedz, or flavor of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- mint leaves for garnish
With a pairing knife, cut a small horizontal slice on the bottom of each orange so it stands straight up. Then, cut a 4 ” slice on the opposite side for the removable top.
Spoon out the orange flesh and pulp. Place the orange sections onto a cutting board, and slice the oranges into small pieces. Place in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Add the oranges, strawberries, banana, orange juice, skyr, Superseeds Pumpkin Seeds of your choice and cinnamon in the mixing bowl, and combine well with a spatula. Set aside.
On the orange peels, use a marker to outline faces for different pumpkin designs. Use a pairing knife to cut out the designs.
Spoon fruit mixture into the jack-o’-lanterns, and sprinkle with mint leaves, if desired.
Serving size: 1 orange Calories: 130 calories, Fat: 2.5 grams, Saturated fat: 0.5 grams,Carbohydrates: 22 grams, Sugar: 13.5 grams, Sodium: 18 milligrams, Fiber: 3.5 grams,Protein: 6.5 grams, Cholesterol: 5 milligrams