Halloween is Healthier Than You Think

October 22, 2011

Do you realize that Halloween is a mere two weeks away?

If you have decorated your home, please send a picture of it to Chicago Real Estate Forum so we can feature it.

If you have carved a cool pumpkin, we would love to see that too.

popcornAnd, if you need a cute project will tie into Halloween and an October observance, we have that for you.

October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a month-long celebration of America’s most popular “poppable” snack.

According to the Popcorn Board, we eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn in this country each year. That comes out to about 51 quarts per woman, man and child.

Not a bad snack to attack, either. Popcorn is a whole grain, full of fiber, and naturally low in fat and calories.

Another healthy Halloween snack: Seeds. Don’t throw away those pumpkin seeds once you clear out your jack-o’-lantern. Wash them, spread them out on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with a little olive oil and salt, then bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until lightly toasted. Turn them at least once.

Full of antioxidants, fiber and protein, pumpkin seeds make a delicious and nutritious snack. So does the pumpkin itself, which is full of fiber and beta-carotene, believed to prevent heart disease and some cancers.

If you aren’t going to eat it, preserve it. After you carve your pumpkin, soak it in a mixture of water and bleach, and it should last well beyond Oct. 31.

Now, back to that popcorn project from the Popcorn Board.

What you need:

*Clear food service gloves

*Candy corn

*Ribbon or yarn

*Popped popcorn, of course

Place one to three pieces of candy corn at the end of each finger (depending on size of glove), pointy side first, to make fingernails. Fill the glove with popcorn and tie it off with ribbon or yarn and you have a Haunted Popcorn Hand!

Happy Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

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