The Fitness Zone
With Halloween just around the corner, us Aussies are becoming more and more excited about dressing up and going door knocking around the neighbourhood on the hunt for tasty treats. And even though Halloween isn't a traditional holiday for Australians, it’s hard not to enjoy the costumes, parties and of course all those yummy treats.
But for the health conscious out there, the idea of giving kids bags full of sugary treats, can fill your heart with dread. Especially as the rates of childhood obesity and diabetes continue to rise. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in “2011-12, 25.1% of children aged 2–17 years were overweight or obese”.
For us, these statistics are scarier than watching Paranormal Activity, or Night of the Living Dead, especially as overweight kids tend to become overweight adults. But never fear, the Australian Institute of Fitness' Training Team Captain, Darren Fidge has some fun, healthy and EASY to make treats you can give out to the neighbourhood kids, or serve at your next Halloween themed party sorted.
Ghost Bananas and Tasty Pumpkins
It wouldn’t be Halloween without ghosts and pumpkins right! And what’s better than the usual scary ghosts, and oversized orange vegetable? A ghost banana and mandarin pumpkin that you can EAT!
Yes, you can eat pumpkin, but the sweetness of mandarins teamed with a stalk of celery brings the Halloween theme to life, plus it is a delicious and healthy treat for the kids… and adults of course.
Banana’s are a AWESOME source of energy, and potassium, which is great for a healthy heart, and combined with three cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips), to create a ghost face, eating bananas has never been this fun.
Easy, yet effective, evil apples aren't as scary as they look, and will have you craving the fresh, crisp taste of an apple.
As the saying goes, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ so simply, using a knife, carve your scariest face into the apple including eyes and teeth, and your done!
The One Eyed Monsters
Using a crispy green apple as the base, cut up two slices to use as the lips, fill with a slither of nut butter, and fill in the teeth using peanuts.
To create an eye, stick a cacao nib onto a marshmallow using a small amount of nut butter and position on top of the apple slices.
Boo - Nanas
Because you can never have too many ghosts at Halloween, Boo-Nanas are a MUST have, plus they are always a favourite! To create these scary creatures, dunk your bananas in plain greek yoghurt, and then coat them with shredded coconut. To give your Boo-Nanas the full effective, use melted dark chocolate to paint on eyes and a mouth.
With these fun Halloween ideas, we are sure your neighbours will be picking TREAT over TRICK this year when they come knocking at your door, so be prepared, and make sure your fruity treats are ready!
About Darren Fidge
When his 10-year professional baseball career came to a close, Darren turned to his other passion – fitness. He has been a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Pool Operator and Gym Manager, and since 2002 is the Training Team Captain at the Australian Institute of Fitness SA.