October 2012 Nutrition Tips
1. Lighten up your fresh baked apple pie
Nothing beats the beauty of the fall season or the smell of freshly baked apple pie. Apple pie can be nutritious by simply making a few substitutions. Cut back on the calories of your pie by replacing the added sugar with Splenda half and half. Also, try making the crust from scratch using whole wheat flour and healthier canola oil.
2. Eat baked apples for dessert
It’s apple season so why not bake some up for dessert? Nothing could be simpler than coring an apple, adding a little water, a sweetener and maybe some raisins and chopped pecans or walnuts and baking in a hot oven. The best “baking apples” are: Rome Beauty, Golden delicious, Honeycrisp and Jonagold.
3. Have a Plan to Divvy up the candy
If your kids are the age where they bring home pillowcases full of Halloween candy, you need to have a plan of action! Have your child pick out 10 of their favorite pieces of candy loot. Divvy the candy up allotting just one or two pieces per day—and give all the rest away!
4. Eat the Halloween pumpkin!
Pumpkin should double as a seasonal decoration and a fall food staple. Pumpkin is loaded with fiber as well as the powerful antioxidant pro-vitamin, beta-carotene. Plus, one entire cup contains a mere 30 calories!