Healthy Halloween Treats: Candy Corn Fruit Cup
|October 3, 2013|
I love Halloween. Luckily, I have actually never really been a candy fan, so binging on candy should be the least of my concerns. But I’m a social eater and I eat because it I want to feel like I am celebrating the holiday with everyone else. If everyone else is eating junk, I find it very hard not to join in. But in the privacy of my own home, I wouldn’t even touch most of that stuff.
Let’s take the iconic candy corn … did you know that with every bite, you are consuming over 1 gram of refined sugar? Sure, they market the candy as being fat free, but the spike in your insulin levels will not help your journey to weight loss. (See nutritional info here)
My best strategy: be festive the healthy way! So all month long I am posting Halloween recipes you can enjoy guilt-free. And all of them are party friendly to enjoy with your friends and family.
Candy Corn Fruit Cup
- diced pineapple
- mandarin oranges
- your whipped cream of choice
Note: depending on the size of your cups and how many you plan to make, the amount of fruit you need to buy varies. My cup (wine glass size) took 1 small can of pineapple and 2-3 fresh mandarin oranges in each. You can use canned or fresh, I used canned pineapple (make sure it’s in water or 100% juice with no added sugar) and fresh mandarin oranges. Personally I always like fresh better but sometimes you have to go with what your market has in stock.
Prepare the pineapple by either chopping into cubes (for fresh pineapple) or draining the liquid from the can (save the juice for smoothies!).
Prepare the oranges by peeling them and pulling apart each section, or by draining the liquid from the can (again, save your juice for smoothies, yum!).
With all your cups out and ready, fill each cup with pineapple until it fills 1/3 of the cup. Next, layer the mandarin oranges until the cups are 2/3 full. Top it off with your whipped cream of choice.
I used ReddiWip Fat Free whipped cream in the photo because I love the way it looks, but if you’re going to keep the cups out for a buffet style party, the cream starts to melt. You can also try my Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream recipe but it also needs to stay chilled, but it should last longer sitting out than ReddiWip does. Fat Free Cool Whip is also a great option and probably keeps its shape longest of the ones mentioned when left in room temperature.
Strike of genius! If you can afford the calories, top it off with some all natural ice cream!