Enjoy fall festivities without overindulging

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This article was published 22/10/2021 (342 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Fall is here and with it comes Thanksgiving and Halloween, two festivities which often involve an overindulgence of fatty and sugary foods and beverages.

Try enjoying smaller portions, to stop eating when you are full and incorporate some low-fat recipes into your special meals and treats. For Halloween, instead of candies and to change things up, try giving out some non-food items such as crayons, pencils or even a toothbrush.

A great fall recipe to make is homemade butternut squash soup and it is so easy to make. All you need is the following:

Dreamstime.com Correspondent Lisa Lagasse writes that the first Halloween jack-o'-lanterns were carved from turnips. Pumpkins, though, are much larger and more effective.

• One medium sized butternut squash, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped;

• One medium sized sweet onion, diced;

• Four cups low-salt chicken or vegetable broth;

• Salt and pepper to taste;

Cook the butternut squash and onion in 2 tablespoons of canola oil to soften. Add four cups of low-salt chicken or vegetable broth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until the squash is tender. Use an immersion blender to puree. Add a little milk for a creamier texture and combine. Serve with homemade toasted bread cubes and enjoy.

Just in time for Halloween, did you know:

• Candy accounts for only 6 per cent of added sugar in the North American diet. Soft drinks and juices account for 46 per cent;

• Halloween is based on ancient Celtic customs brought to America by Irish immigrants;

• On “Hallow Eve” Celts would leave food on their doorsteps to keep hungry ghosts from entering their homes, this starting “trick or treating”;

• Orange and black are the traditional colours of Halloween because orange represents the fall harvest and black represents darkness and death.

• The first jack-o’-lanterns were made from turnips;

• Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

For Halloween safety, parents should thoroughly go through their children’s candy before consumption. Limit the number of sugary treats you and your children have each day. Regular toothbrushing after sugary treats will minimize tooth decay.
Happy fall, happy Halloween!

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com

Lisa Lagasse

Lisa Lagasse
Charleswood community correspondent

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com or find her on Twitter: @LisaRD42324393

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