Not-So-Scary Halloween Eats

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Let’s face it, some Halloween candy can be downright terrifying. Ghouls, goblins, and ghosts are frightening enough, there’s no need for the food to be scary, too.

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy a few of your favorite Halloween treats, but rather avoid binge eating candy and other junk foods commonly found this time of year. Even those mini sized candy bars add up, so don’t trick yourself into thinking they don’t count! It’s easy to mindlessly eat from the candy bowl, so keep empty wrappers on the counter or your desk so you can see how many you’ve consumed. If you just want to avoid the temptation of having candy in your house, choose some of the healthier single-serving Halloween goodies out there, like mini-pretzels and dark chocolate-covered raisins, or buy something that you’re not interested in eating.

If you’re searching for not-so-scary Halloween eats to balance out the candy consumption, the recipes below are great options. And, you can even include kids in the preparation of all of the recipes in this round-up!

Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail from Family Fresh Meals
Jack-o-Lantern Pancakes from Teaspoon of Spice
Halloween Spiderweb Cookies from fANNEtastic Food
Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts {Gluten-free + Vegan} from EA Stewart
Vegetable Skeleton + Rainbow Vegetable Dip from Meal Makeover Moms (love the photos of the kiddos eating the veggies :) )

Have a happy and healthy Halloween!

Exploring Atlanta in 24 Hours

Last weekend, I joined thousands of dietitians in Atlanta for the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. This was my fourth year attending and it’s always great to catch up with RD friends that I don’t get to see throughout the year and learn what’s new in the field of nutrition and dietetics. This year was even more exciting because it was kind of like a mini-Blog Brûlée reunion! Looking forward to seeing everyone next for FNCE in Nashville!

Before the conference kicked off on Sunday, I managed to squeeze in some Atlanta sightseeing with my best gal pals on Saturday. We accomplished quite a bit in just 24 hours!

Where I stayed
Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

While it isn’t the newest, fanciest hotel in town, it served it’s purpose for the small amount of time we actually spent in the hotel. Translation: there was a comfortable bed to sleep in, a hot shower in the morning, and decent service. As I learned from my friends, downtown Atlanta is not walk-able, so you’ll most likely have to drive or take a taxi/Lyft/Uber to any destination.

What I Ate
-Condesa Coffeeimage (80)
What a cozy little coffee shop! We went on Saturday morning and it wasn’t busy at all, but the latte and breakfast croissant I had were delicious! This is definitely a spot I would frequent if I lived in ATL because on Thursday nights they have “Board Game Night”. And if you don’t want to just take my word for it, even my Atlanta-based, dietitian friend Marisa Moore said it was a great choice!

-Antico Pizza
After a walk around Piedmont Park, we headed to Antico for Napoli-style pizza to refuel. One Margherita pizza was plenty for the four of us (two slices per person!). If you like a little heat, I suggest adding a bit of the chili pepper oil to your slice…Yee-Haw!
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-Jeni’s Ice Cream
Jeni’s is nothing new to me or my friends. Let’s just say we are pretty familiar with the menu. But we spotted a few flavors at the Westside Provision location that we haven’t seen in Nashville shops. The Lime Cardamom Frozen Yogurt was calling my name (tastes like Key Lime Pie!), while the other girls tried Buttercup Pumpkin with Amaretti Cookies, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, and Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows. Now I guess I have to go down to my neighborhood Jeni’s shop to see if they’re carrying the Lime Cardamom flavor yet. Darn, I hate having to make trips to Jeni’s ;)image (84)

-JCT. Kitchen
We all gave this place two thumbs up! From beginning to end, everything was spot on. To start, we shared the Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimento Cheese, Pickles & Sherry Honey Gastrique and the Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata. They serve each table the most beautiful sourdough bread I’ve ever seen–big, fluffy slices of fresh baked bread….yes, yes, and YES.

It was pretty chilly the night we went, so I ordered a classic comfort food of the South, Shrimp & Grits. The grits were perfectly creamy and the shrimp cooked just right. I didn’t love the andouille sausage so much, but overall was very satisfied with my choice. The portions were quite generous, so you may even want to order a few entrees with a group and just share so you can sample multiple items! My friends had the Fried Chicken, the Wood Roasted Burger with Truffle Fries, and the Wood Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop.

Where I Wondered
We had the perfect day for a walk in Piedmont Park image (82)and exploring the Green Market, a farmer’s market that takes place each Saturday from March-December, 9am-1pm. There were a lot of unique food vendors at the market, and even a stand selling just persimmons, which were delicious!

After lunch, we drove to Westside Provisions District, located in West Midtown, for a bit of shopping. Clothing, furniture, home goods, athletic wear, stationary, this new, trendy area has a little bit of everything. JCT. Kitchen is also in the WSPD, and a couple other restaurants I’ve tried on a past trip, West Egg Cafe and Yeah!Burger (coming to Nashville, soon!).

Atlanta is HUGE, so there’s plenty more to explore and too many restaurants to even list that I want to try. What are some of your favorite spots in ATL? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Friday :)

Soup-er Sunday!

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I have soup on the brain. It’s time to break out the crock-pots and stock pots to make delicious soup! What are your favorite soup recipes? Have you tried any new ones this year that you plan on making again? These are a few I’ve had my eye on.

Last-Minute Black Bean Soup from Meal Makeover Moms
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Pistachio Harissa Pesto from EA Stewart
Healthy Loaded Baked Potato Soup from Teaspoon of Spice
Lasagna Soup from Cooking Classy
Tortilla Soup with Avocado, Feta, & Hatch Chilies from An Avocado A Day

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