Halloween doesn’t have to be spooky! Don’t let the holidays trick you. Treat yourself to these tasty Hallow-LEAN inspired snacks and sweets that your whole family will love! Halloween is a time of festive celebration, pumpkin patches, superstitions, and traditions, not a time for regretting that “fun-sized” candy bar that actually wasn’t so fun. Nutrition Factors promotes balanced Healthy Lifestyles that you’ll enjoy throughout the holidays. Set yourself up for success with fun and practical nutrition tools year round! Don’t worry-we’re not that guy that gives out toothbrushes and lectures on the “evils of candy.”
We’re not here to scare the sweet tooth out of you! We want you to enjoy the Halloween Holiday and feel your best! That’s why we’ve put together savory and sweet Hallow-LEAN recipes so you can enjoy Halloween without the stomachache sugar hangover. Let’s start with some scrumptious snacks that are as fun to make and eat as they are nutritious:
BOO BANANA GHOST AND PUMPKIN PATCH CUTIES
These spooky Hallow-LEAN treats are tasty and cute without the scary high calories! Serve up three GRID Lifestyle DIET servings of fruit, all under 200 Calories! Easy to make (ONLY 5 MINUTES), and kids love how they look and how they taste. Make sure to serve and gobble these treats as soon as you make them so your family can enjoy them at their freshest!
BOO Banana Ghost
2 bananas peeled and cut in half
A dab of peanut butter for each raisin
Peel bananas and cut them in half. Dip one side of raisin in peanut butter and place the side that was dipped onto the banana for two eyes and a mouth. Serve on a popsicle stick or standing on a plate.
Pumpkin Patch Cuties
4 mandarin oranges
1 celery stick
A dab of yogurt to dip blackberries in before placing on mandarins
Peel mandarin oranges. Wash 1 celery stick and slice down the middle lengthwise so it is thinner, then into small chunks to create the pumpkin steam. Place celery stem stumps in the middle of the mandarin orange. You can add blackberry spiders onto these adorable orange pumpkins by dipping them in yogurt then placing on the oranges. The yogurt, depending on how thick it is, will keep it in place.
Spooky Stuffed Bell Peppers
There are are many ways to enjoy these Hallow-LEAN Spooky Stuffed Bell Peppers. Here are two of our favorites:
Salad Stuffed Peppers
Bell Peppers make the perfect serving dish for appetizers and with this adorable Halloween Spin on the stuffed classic, everyone will love to get their greens tonight! Try stuffing a hollowed out and carved bell pepper with a simple salad for a fall festive appetizer or side dish.
Beefed Up Bell Peppers
You can use rice, quinoa, cooked ground turkey, or spinach. Use your imagination or your favorite recipe and toss it into these carved cuties for a savory October dinner! By following the “Beef it’s Whats for Dinner” recipe: Beef and Couscous Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers and stuffing the beef and couscous mixture into these adorable carved bell peppers will leave you satisfied instead of spooked!
Crisp Cyclops PeanutButter Bites
Sink your fangs into these tasty, healthy Hallow-LEAN treats! Crisp Granny Smith apples, peanut butter, roasted peanuts, topped with a marshmallow.
2 apples sliced into an even number of wedges (6 slices for each apple)
Peanut butter to spread on the inside of apple slices
Peanuts for those tasty teeth
6 large marshmallows
A bit more peanut butter to hold cyclops eye in place
6 raisins or chocolate chips for the pupil of the eye
Rinse Apples and slice each into 6 slices (more or less depending on how thick you want your cyclops smile, but must be an even number). Pair slices into sets of two and cover one side of each with peanut butter. Place peanuts onto one of the apple slices in a row for the teeth then assemble the other apple slice on top of the teeth so that the peanut butter covered sides are layered on top of each other.
Dab a small amount of peanut butter onto the raisins or chocolate chips and place them on the marshmallow, creating an eye. Place a small amount of peanut butter under the marshmallow and stick on top of the apple smile. And there you have it– a cyclops grin that will make everyone smile!
Are you Falling for Our Fall-Inspired Recipes? Next week we’re showing you how to make your own autumn-spiced granola bars! We know it’s hard to wait for more so check out the link below for a tasty treat recipe perfect to kick start October!
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