Welcome to October. This past week I had a little a-ha moment and wanted to share, in case it resonants with you as well.
Last weekend I made a few homemade treats for my husband’s birthday. It was so fun and so easy because I used ingredients that included sugar, flour and cream. With these ingredients everything was basically guaranteed to turn out dreamily (and it did!) I made brownies, cookies and chocolate ice cream – all the birthday boy’s favorites.
Then we had a few people over and we ate them. The end.
It should be the end, right? That’s how treats work in the perfect world:
- There is something celebratory going on.
- A person lovingly makes a special food using pronounceable ingredients.
- A group of people come together and enjoy the treat in accompaniment with other fun activities.
- And then we move on in our lives back to nutrient-rich conscious eating for our health.
But this is October, so that’s not how treats will roll out for most of us.
- We will be bombarded with little packaged candies in every house, school and work cubby,
- Pinterest-worthy Halloween themed treats will be at every event (big or small), and
- Pumpkin spiced sugary hot drinks will somehow be desired and easily obtained every day.
I encourage us all to make this October the month we evaluate our mindless treat eating and drinking habits.
- If you don’t feel like your energy is as high as you’d like it,
- if your immunity is not as strong as you would like it,
- if your belly is not as tight as you would like it,
- if your mood is not as peppy as you would like it…
… then you may wish to experiment with turning treats back into what they were designed to be: a special celebratory accompaniment to other fun activities made and consumed with happiness and love. If consuming a treat won’t make you feel wonderful in every way, then SKIP IT!
If you love baking, hot sweet drink consuming, and the smell of pumpkin spice, then use your powers for good and make beautiful, autumn-y, cleaned-up, nutrient-rich, real foods using ingredients that build us up and power us forward. Here are a few of my recommendations:
Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins from the Gracious Pantry — I use whole eggs or flax “eggs.” Egg whites are so 2000.
Pumpkin Spice Granola from Sally’s Baking Addiction — I say ditch the egg whites and use two extra tablespoons of coconut oil.
Upside Down Apple Tartlets from Elana’s Pantry found on Rubies and Radishes — Just go look at these. They are beautiful!! (I haven’t made them, just drooled on my computer over them.)
Pumpkin Spice Creamer from Coconut Mama — I don’t even like coffee and this looks yummy. I’m going to add it to my Chai tea!
Healthy Halloween Treats on Pinterest — There are SO many great ideas for ways to incorporate Halloween into your food without sky-diving out of a plane into ProcessedFoodTown and/or SugarVille. If you have the time, energy and creative spirit to throw a little holiday fun into your October, then I say you do it! And this Pinterest link leads to hundreds of ideas to get you started.
Enjoy October everyone!
Interested in the Lean.Green.Kitchen’s Halloween Manifesto? You’ll find it here: