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    Halloween “Watermelon Brain” Recipe

    By Angela (from the happy raw kitchen)

    It’s that time of year again, when swampy green smoothies, spooky fresh fruit carved into monsters, and dragon blood green juices are all the rage! That’s right, you can have a healthy Halloween celebration where fun and costumes are enjoyed by all without the sugar crash and tummy aches. Enjoy our series of healthy raw vegan Halloween recipes, and share them with your friends and loved ones!

    This is the easiest of raw Halloween treats. The famous Watermelon Brain. The idea for this has been around for a while, but in case you missed it, here are some step by step instructions for creating a brain from a watermelon.

    Halloween Watermelon Brain Recipe

    If you are short on time, this takes about 20 minutes. It can be made ‘ahead’ of time and kept wrapped in a clean damp cloth in the fridge.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 small seedless watermelon

    Also needed, a peeler and knives – a large one for bigger slivers, and a smaller one for the more intricate carving.

    How to Make It:

    1. Wash and peel watermelon. You may use a soft fruit peeler.
    2. Look at the melon and see which side will make the best looking brain. The narrow oval looking side on top usually works best. Cut a small slice off the bottom so it is stable.
    3. Using a very thin or sharp knife make the first cut down the middle. Widen the cut slightly by making another cut next to the first one at a slight angle about 1/8 inch away from the first cut. This will allow you to remove a V-shaped sliver of melon and reveal the red ‘flesh’ underneath.
    4. Using a picture as a guide, such as the one from Instructables used here, continue to carve out slivers of melon in a brain-like pattern.

    Hope you enjoy this healthy raw Halloween treat!

    About Angela of The Happy Raw Kitchen

    In February 2007, Angela discovered the benefits of raw food. Since then, she has enjoyed the challenge of creating healthy, delicious meals using fresh vegan ingredients. You can read her blog filled with scrumptious and original recipes on her blog, The Happy Raw Kitchen.

     

     

     



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    One Response to “Healthy Halloween Watermelon Brain Recipe”

    1. By Sheila Wolf, RDH on Oct 25, 2013

      Hi Tara,

      I love your inspirational messages and enjoy applying your wisdom to my life. I have recently started juicing and am adding fresh vegetable and fruit juices every day to my diet. Yum.

      As a dental professional, I thought I would send you an article for Halloween that you are welcome to use for your newsletter . . . if you feel it is appropriate. You can modify it to include a few recipes of your own where I mention Dr. Fuhrman’s.

      Thank you for the work you do that makes a difference in people’s lives.

      A big hug,
      Sheila

      Healthy Choices for Halloween

      by Sheila Wolf, RDH (Mama Gums)
      http://www.mamagums.com

      At Halloween, when the competition is fierce for the best or scariest costume, standing out is enviable. However, to an overweight child, especially on Halloween, standing out can be a painful ordeal. If your child is overweight and diabetic, the sugar blitz at Halloween can be particularly threatening. I know. I’m a parent as well as a dental hygienist and I’ve been dazed by the abundance of sweets in my kid’s booty bag. According to the National Confectioner’s Association, 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold for Halloween alone. That doesn’t include the bite-sized chocolate bars, lollipops, and other confections that abound. Yikes!

      So what can we do as parents to help our children make better choices during the annual onslaught of sugar? We can suggest alternatives to traditional Trick-or-Treating and contribute to an exciting, safe, and healthier Halloween:

      • Have a costume party for your child where you can plan and perhaps even make the treats.
      • Involve your child in making the ghoulish decorations, planning the party games, and setting the table.
      • Help your child bake and decorate healthy cookies with Halloween cookie cutters that he can share with his classmates and friends.
      • Create Dr. Fuhrman’s recipe for quick and creepy “chocolate” treats http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/recipes.aspx or prepare dates wrapped around whole nuts and rolled in unsweetened coconut.
      • Dunk for apples, play musical chairs, or twist balloons for prizes
      • Offer party favors instead of candy to the children.

      Here is a list of delights that you can give out in lieu of candy:

      • Halloween theme stickers
      • Pencils and erasers
      • Small stuffed animals,
      • Pocket-sized games
      • A Disney movie
      • Coloring books, crayons
      • A children’s magazine or comic book.

      If the kids do get sweet treats, taking an inventory of their candy and discussing the nutritional facts and carb counts for each piece can be a fun and educational activity. Help your child work the treats into his eating plan, set limits, and stick to them.

      Happy Halloween!

      Sheila Wolf, known affectionately as “Mama Gums,” has been practicing dental hygiene since 1971. Working at the leading edge of non-surgical periodontal care, her mission is to educate and empower people to take control of their own mouths. She has brought her message to places as far apart as California and Connecticut, Israel, Africa, and the hills of Kentucky. Her books, Pregnancy and Oral Health, and Your Mouth Could be Killing You are available on her website, through Amazon, and at finer bookstores everywhere. Sheila would be happy to answer your oral health questions at http://www.mamagums.com. She is currently researching and writing on the dual relationship between diabetes and oral health.

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