Melisscious’ Delicious Discography 13 – OMG I Love Hallowe’en!!!


I would suppose that since this month IS October and coincidently this month’s workout play list also happens to be the 13th…dun dun duuuunnnn, that the music of this discography would entail a plethora (ha ha like that Christopher lol) of freaktastic eerie music, but I just don’t want to go that route for the whole thing. I LOVE me some metal and rock and such but lately I have just been enjoying a greater variety of stuff so this one is pretty eclectic. Aside from starting a new business program, working on MY business, getting my workouts in daily and just getting accustomed to yet another new environment, I am going through a slew of other exciting things in various areas that I can’t yet put out there but it sure is keeping me insane…ooops I mean insanely busy 😉 but I will throw it out there every now and then in my posts to let you in. I am STILL getting settled in to this crazy town that I am becoming more and more enamored with so I apologize for your music and health/fitness tip being so late! I am going to make a point too to fit in at least one post per week too on health, fitness, my daily musings and I am making it a priority to get back to my writing hard too. Alright so the tone of this is veering in an irrelevant direction now so here I go pulling it back…

October is one of my favourite months. With the bewitching changes of foliage to one of my most revered “holidays” falling in October, this is a time of excitement for me when the freaks and geeks and everyone else get to be whomever they want to be, as twisted as they want to be, letting there captured and caged sides roam free. I am a fiend for horror movies, creepy ghoulish characters and other unnerving oddities so Hallowe’en by no surprise is a time I look forward to and hope you do too. The one thing about this time of year though is that it can bring about a ton of upset tummies in your little monsters and possibly even you if you indulge in some of your own adult trick or treating. Below I will give you some tips and recipes to help keep this to a minimum while still being that cool house on the block with the awesome treats but really just tricking them by making a healthier version as well as utilizing this in your favour if you’re the one hosting a Hallowe’en party. The tips will also be helping to keep your waistline in check while still treating yourself and your friends too. Happy Hallowe’en and oh yeah I almost forgot, Happy Thanksgiving too!!! 😀 Oh yes, btw bet you didn’t know the majority of these artists are Canadian and can you guess which ones? 😉

1. Hawksley Workman – Striptease

2. Your Hallowe’en tune because I just HAVE to have one in here – Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Nightmare on my Street

3. Babyblue Soundcrew – Money Jane

4. Gangstarr – Mass Appeal

5. Classified and Joe Budden

6. Missy Elliot feat Eve- For My People

7. Eve – Who’s That Girl

8. Keysha Chante – Shook (the answer)

9. Fast Lane, Eminem and Royce da 5’9 – Bad Meets Evil

10. Cooldown jam: Quake Matthews – Set You Free

The first thing that you are going to want to do to be sure that this is a healthier Hallowe’en is to set the example and take your kids out trick or treating and by this I mean walking with them, NOT driving. Secondly, and I know what you are going to say; “yeah right my kids won’t do that” but guess what, if your kids want candy, YOU as the parent make them earn it and keep it fun by the following: set up beforehand that for every house that they go to, you have them show off their masterful skills of how tough and badass or how they are SO not some damsel in distress by having them trick for their treat by doing 5 squats and 5 pushups at every house they go to. You can of course substitute things like jumping jacks too if their costume allows. Make it fun and exciting for them by telling them that if they do this they will not only be earning their candy but at the end of it, maybe you can reward their hard work even more so by letting them have an extra hour up, maybe having a friend stay over or rewarding them with some holiday stickers, a small toy or reward their work with some small change they can start saving (no food rewards). They may fuss and fight initially but if you don’t make it an option, I am sure they would rather have the treats than not. You can also make things active and fun by having the kids sprint to each house and better yet you can be the zombie chasing them! These are just a few ideas but can be some great ways to instill some good behaviours of earning rewards as well as being another way to get some physical activity in their and your life. With these tips and keeping a handle on the amount you allot to them each day or week as well as balancing these treats with a healthy overall diet and lifestyle, no doubt this time of year can be a little easier on waistlines AND dental bills! 😉

Now for a few options for your homes handouts and party treats. Lifeway Probugs for kids are a great thing to hand out that not only the kids will find tasty but the parents will like to as it will help to maintain some kind of balance in their kids gut health when being overwhelmed with sugar and keep a few for your own too ;). There are also more options today for even purchased healthier Hallowe’en candy (not just the homemade stuff) such as Panda Licorice , AlterEco Chocolate Bars   and really there are so many more I can make a list to go on forever. The key thing is to read labels and look for few ingredients that you can actually pronounce, look for as little sugar and fat as possible too. If you want to opt for truly easy ready-made treats than instead of reaching for the M&M’S go bulk organic darker chocolate covered nut varieties or try something like yogurt or chocolate covered pretzels or cold-pressed fruit. Taking the recipe below from Whole Foods and not only having it as a treat at a party but bagging it up and handing it out is also a great way to keep it healthier and simply just watch the portions 🙂

Popcorn Party Mix

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for greasing
  • 2 bags no oil or salt added microwave popcorn, prepared, any unpopped kernels removed
  • 2 cups unsalted mini pretzel twists
  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, walnuts or pecans
  • 3/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Method:

Lightly grease two large baking sheets with butter; set aside. Toss together popcorn, pretzels and peanuts in a very large bowl; set aside. Put molasses, sugar, butter and salt into a small pot and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes, and then remove pot from the heat and carefully stir in vanilla. Working quickly, pour molasses mixture over popcorn mixture and toss with two large spoons to coat. Divide between prepared baking sheets, set aside for 10 minutes to cool and then serve immediately or keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 days.

Nutritional Info:

Per Serving:

  • 240 calories (70 from fat)
  • 8g total fat
  • 1.5g saturated fat
  • 5mg cholesterol
  • 60mg sodium
  • 39g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 17g sugar)
  • 6g protein
 

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