Healthy Halloween Treats with Photos
healthy Halloween recipes
Just about every kid alive loves Halloween. Heck, many adults do, too! What’s not to love? It means dressing up in costumes, attending special parties and carnivals, and trick-or-treating. No doubt about it - Halloween is one of the best nights of the year. It’s fun to be scared sometimes! Scary, however isn’t always a good thing, and the tons of sugary and fat-laden treats usually associated with the holiday are pretty scary for parents. Parents can exorcise the food demons from treats, however, by substituting healthier snacks for the high-fat, high-sugar candy and other traditional Halloween goodies. The wee witches and diminutive devils can enjoy Halloween treats and also get a good dose of nutrition, to boot. How? By making the following:
Toasted pumpkin seeds: Save the seeds after carving your pumpkin, wash off any pumpkin flesh, and soak them in water for two hours. Dry the seeds thoroughly on paper towels, and place them in a single layer on a large cookie sheet. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, season salt, onion powder, black pepper, and paprika. For spicy seeds, add cayenne. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until crunchy.
"The Hand" dip: Make a dip with fat-free sour cream, fat-free mayo, grated onion, minced garlic, and salt and pepper. Fasten sliced almonds to the tips of 5 carrots to make fingers. Stick the "hand" in the dip, and serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks, and broccoli florets.
Low-fat brownies: Use your favorite brownie mix, but instead of using oil, use applesauce instead. The brownies will be moist and chewy but healthier than traditional brownies.
Low-fat, reduced sugar popcorn balls: In a saucepan, combine ¾ cup light corn syrup, ¼ cup omega-3 margarine, 2 teaspoons water, 2 ½ cups granulated Splenda, and 1 cup fat-free miniature marshmallows. Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture boils. Add 5 quarts of air-popped popcorn. Stir until the kernels are evenly coated. Shape into 2-3 inch balls with buttered hands. Wrap in plastic wrap and tie with orange and black ribbon or strips of yarn.
Black cat taco dip: Mix one block softened fat-free or low-fat cream cheese with one envelope taco seasoning. Spread the mixture evenly into a pie plate or cake pan. Top the cream cheese with a layer of low-fat refried beans. Top with fat-free sour cream, salsa, and low-fat or fat-free grated cheese. Top with finely diced black olives. Make the dish into a cat’s face: Cut out 2 large triangles from a green bell pepper for eyes, and one from a black bell pepper for a nose. Use kitchen shears to make thin strips of green onion tops for the whiskers. Serve with low-fat baked tortilla chips.
Mini-jack-o-lantern ranch dip: Blend 8 ounces fat-free sour cream with an envelope of ranch dressing mix. Hollow out a large orange bell pepper and cut out eyes, a nose, and a mouth with a sharp paring knife so that it resembles a jack-o-lantern. Serve the dip in the jack-o-lantern pepper, along with sliced yellow squash, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, celery sticks, and cherry tomatoes.
Sliced caramel apples: Slice red and green apples and toss with lemon juice or Fruit Fresh to avoid browning. Serve with sugar-free or fat-free caramel sauce for dipping.
Gummy worm dirt cups: Make sugar-free lemon jello according to package directions and pour into small clear plastic cups. When partially set, submerge gummy worms into the jello. On each cup, leave a worm dangling from the side. Before serving, sprinkle chocolate cookie crumbs on top of the jello to look like dirt.
Hot spiced cider: Heat apple cider, whole cloves, cinnamon, a little Splenda, and ginger. Serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick.
Swamp slime: Place a half gallon of fat-free lime sherbet in a black plastic witches’ cauldron. Cover the sherbet with sugar-free ginger ale. Once the mixture is slushy, it’s ready to serve.
Pumpkin cheese ball: Mix 8 oz softened low-fat or fat-free cream cheese, 2 cups low-fat shredded cheddar, ¼ cup diced green onions, ¼ cup diced green bell pepper, and garlic powder, ground red pepper, season salt, and black pepper to taste. Form into a pumpkin shape with your hands. Use triangles of black bell pepper or black olives to make the eyes, nose, and mouth. Make a stem using a small piece of green onion. Serve with reduced-fat whole grain crackers.
Ghostwiches: Using thin sandwich bread, make sandwiches using sliced sandwich turkey and mustard. Cut into ghost shapes with Halloween cookie cutters. Use sliced black olive circles to make eyes and mouths.
Bloody fingers: Cook turkey sausage links and cut into finger-length pieces. Place sausages in a plastic jack-o-lantern, a plastic skull, or a plastic cauldron. Cover with fat-free barbecue sauce and microwave until warm. Serve with Halloween party picks.
Sugar-free candy: You can find several varieties of sugar-free candies at most grocery stores. Some of the more popular flavors include Life Savers, jelly beans, mints, and Baskin Robbins. You can also find sugar-free bubble gum balls.
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