Halloween can be a scary time for our diets. Sweet treats pop up everywhere—in store aisles, at our offices and in our kids’ trick-or-treating baskets. If you’re tempted by Halloween candy (who isn’t?), consider making some healthy Halloween-themed foods instead. By having healthy snacks on hand, you and your family may be less inclined to overdo it with the candy. Here are some fun fall/Halloween-themed treats to inspire you:
Banana ghosts are super simple! Just peel a banana, cut it in half and add some dark chocolate chips for the ghost eyes and nose. There are lots of variations on Pinterest—you can also coat them in white chocolate or add a stick to make a banana pop.
These pumpkins with celery stems are adorable and provide a healthy dose of vitamin C. To make them, peel a seedless orange (clementines or tangerines work well) and top it with a celery stick with the leaf still attached.
Throwing a Halloween party? Try cinnamon-baked pumpkin wedges as a healthy appetizer.
Toss pumpkin or winter squash with oil and then sprinkle on a mix of brown sugar, cinnamon or salt before baking.
To make monster apples, cut a wedge into an apple (without cutting all the way through.) Next, fill it with some peanut butter and place almond slivers along the edge to look like teeth.
Pumpkin spice apple chips
The obsession with pumpkin-spice-everything just keeps growing each fall. Pumpkin spice apple chips make for a healthy dessert and will have your house smelling like fall while they’re baking! Just sprinkle cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves on thinly sliced apples and bake until crisp.
This isn’t a sweet treat, but tasty (and fun!) nonetheless. To make spider toast, spread goat cheese on a baguette slice. Next, cut a black olive in half to create a spider’s back. Then slice olives lengthwise into eight pieces to create four spider legs on each side.
For another savory snack, try cheesy pretzel broomsticks. Grab a few sticks of string cheese and cut frayed ends into them to look like a broom. Then poke a pretzel stick through the top of the cheese. Tie a chive or strip of spinach around it to look extra realistic.
If you’re really craving candy, you can make your own—like these apple-cinnamon fruit roll-ups. Place peeled apple pieces in a saucepan with water, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Blend the mixture in a food processor and spread onto a baking sheet to cook until dried out.
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