A Healthy Halloween - 3 Hair Raising Recipes!
Bloody Beetroot & Nectarine Juice
Deep red in colour as a result of the beetroot, this recipe makes the perfect Halloween drink. It is certainly a drink that any goodness vampire should drink as beetroot is not only a fantastic source of iron, vitamin C and magnesium, but it is great for relaxing the mind too.
300g whole raw beetroot
120g nectarine (or peach/apple), stone removed
2 inch fresh ginger
Place all of the ingredients into a juicer and juice away. Serve as is or with a couple of cubes of ice.
Pumpkin & Lentil Soup
So this is kind of a fun way to make use of your pumpkins hey? You could put all sorts of things inside from gluten free pasta to my Wild Mushroom & Millet Risotto – I love it with this Lentil Soup though and scooping out bits of the pumpkin flesh to eat with the soup. It is possibly the most warming and delicious dish ever. A couple of other unexpected benefits to eating lots of pumpkin at Halloween is that a) the phytoestrogens found in pumpkins can help to lower blood pressure and b) an amino acid found in pumpkins called tryptophan is known to promote a good sleep and improved moods – sounds good to us!
Pumpkin Gnocchi – One For The Leftovers
This gluten free gnocchi recipe is like comfort in a bowl. Warm, satisfying and full of flavour. I was always brought up not to waste a thing and I remember feeling a bit doomed at Halloween when I was younger as I knew that if we were going to decorate our pumpkins we were going to have to eat them in the end! My Mum used to make this pumpkin soup with the leftovers which I am afraid to say I never liked – no lets be brutally honest, I hated it! I’m sorry Mum!! I love the idea of it, promise! It was not until I developed this recipe that I finally realised that pumpkin is genuinely one of the best veggies out there and now when October comes around I am always thinking ‘ROLL ON HALLOWEEN!’
And Now For Some Boooonanas!
Grab some raw cacao nibs from you local health food store and have a go at making some boonanas! Cover the bananas in a little lemon juice to stop them from going brown and hey presto its a healthy kind of chocolate banana Halloween snack!