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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

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I like Halloween more than Christmas. My husband and I used to have huge celebrations on Halloween. We’d throw a costume party and would invite friends over for food and drinks. Although we no longer have parties on Halloween, it is still my favorite holiday.

Apparently we’re not the only adults who get excited about Halloween. Statistics show that parents spend more than 1 billion dollars on Halloween costumes for their kids. This year, 41 million trick-or-treaters are expected to hit the pavement all ghouled up, ringing doorbells and asking for treats. And the adults will be at home waiting for them, with lots of candy. That’s the part that makes me queasy…all that candy.

Did you know people buy twice as much chocolate for Halloween than they do for Valentine’s Day?

Last year, parents purchased more than 600 million pounds of candy to give out on Halloween. Yikes! To make matters worse, an incredible 90 million pounds of it is chocolate. That doesn’t even count the other stuff like the little gummies, the pop rocks and the mini tootsie rolls. And we wonder why so many of our children suffer from obesity.

I used to pride myself on having the best Halloween candy bar selection in the neighborhood. Now that I know what all that sugar does to a kid, I’m no longer interested in having the best candy on the block.

Since starting Plan Z, I no longer give out candy. Now I get better stuff. I decided the smarter and healthier thing to do is to treat Halloween like a mini-Christmas...

 

Read the full column at PlanZDiet.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake

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