While you might be hoping that candy and chocolate make the cut for Halloween superfoods, sorry they don’t. After eating all the high-sugar, empty calories from Halloween you might want to eat some real superfoods. So here are my picks for the top Halloween superfoods.
Pumpkins—Not just for jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins are a healthy food. They are packed with beta-carotene, which is the phytonutrient that gives them their gorgeous orange color. Pumpkin is also a great source of complex carbohydrates that provide energy to the body. It can be roasted, baked, or mashed and added to soups, stews, bread, curries, and of course, pumpkin pie. Be sure to check out my recipe for Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie. Most canned pumpkin is full of sugar and fat. Small pumpkins are easy to cook in a slow cooker with a bit of water, or cut and roast them in an oven.
Garlic—Garlic is great for keeping vampires away but it also keeps a lot of other undesirables at bay, including: bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The National Cancer Institute is also investigating this herb’s anti-cancer properties. Over 1000 studies demonstrate its health benefits, particularly its chemical component allicin. Add freshly chopped garlic to most recipes or mellow it a bit by roasting garlic with a little olive oil in the oven and spread it like butter on bread, crackers, or other foods.
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