Made Real Balanced Box: Halloween Edition

Not all treats are made equal.. Welcome to Made Real’s take on Halloween, for the most wholesome trick or treating on the block. We've picked the tastiest, fuss-free treats bound to whet your appetite. In this edition, we feature the exclusively developed apple-spiced quinoa granola with Sistersfield as well as a kickass combo of lemon and grapefruit rings from Daily Juice. 

1. Apple-spiced Quinoa Granola by Sistersfield
The perfect combination of ingredients makes this granola highly nutritious! Oats and quinoa are excellent sources of fibre - one of the key macronutrients needed for healthy blood sugar regulation. While oats are high in magnesium, quinoa provides outstanding protein quality! Cashews and almonds are high in essential fats and copper. Copper plays an important role in elimination of free radicals, development of bone and connective tissue, and the production of the skin and hair pigment called melanin. 

2. Wild Mushrooms
Mushrooms contain some of the most potent natural medicine on the planet. Adding mushrooms to your diet is a simple way to boost your health. There are numerous health benefits, such as weight management, increased vitamin D levels, improved immune system function. I highly recommend adding some to your diet!

3. Peanut (Butter) Apple Slices
Although apples are not high in fibre, they are bursting with antioxidants. The cardiovascular benefits of apples are well-documented in research studies, and they are closely associated with their water-soluble fibre (pectin), and their unusual mix of polyphenols. Peanuts are a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese, and - like many fruits - rich in antioxidants, as well.

4. Trick or Treating Trail Mix
The health benefits of dark chocolate are numerous: it’s anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, reduces stress hormones and improves exercise endurance. Cranberries are high in vitamin C and fibre, and pumpkin seeds are valued as a source of the mineral zinc, which plays an important role in skin health. 

5. Brazil Nuts
Mounting research suggests that nuts may actually help you live longer and help you lose weight. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of organic selenium, a powerful antioxidant.

6. Citrus Rings
Simply add these lemon and grapefruit rings to hot or cold water for fruit-infused water -- Store this refreshing beverage in a bottle to hydrate on the go! Like many fruits and vegetables, lemons and grapefruits are high in antioxidants. In addition to their unique phytonutrient properties, they are an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature.

7. Natvia Natural Sweetener
Natvia uses the very best part of the Stevia plant, combined with naturally occurring nectar known as Erythritol.  Stevia is a sweet leafed plant, part of the Chrysanthemum family.  The leaves of the Stevia plant have an incredible sweetness that is 300 times sweeter than sugar and are also non-calorific. It has been part of the human diet for thousands of years but only since the 21st century, due to demand, has it been adopted for everyday use around the world.

Stevia is one of the best natural sweeteners available. It is natural, virtually calorie-free, and can be used in baking and cooking.  In its refined, white powdery extract form in which there is a very high concentration of steviosides, it may be several hundred times sweeter than regular table sugar. It should therefore be used sparingly when substituted for sugar.

Write-ups contributed by Svetlana Sarantseva BA (Hons), Institute of Health Sciences, Certified Dietary Coach.