5 Healthier Halloween Snacks

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I love Halloween! Fun decorations, homemade costumes, warm drinks, an excuse to hang out with friends and be silly, and of course: CANDY! Halloween seems to set off the “holiday season”, and unwanted weight gain and excuses that tend to come with it. So, let’s stop blaming the holidays and find ways to enjoy them without letting ourselves go! Here are 5 treats for grown ups to bring to Halloween or fall parties.

caramel-grapes

These pseudo-caramel apple bites are easy to make and feed a bigger crowd for less money than making actual caramel apples! Melt soft caramel candy in a sauce pan, stick grapes with a toothpick, dip grape in caramel and then in chopped peanuts and let them cool in the fridge.

strawberry-ghosts

Another dipped fruit option is the strawberry ghost. Melt vanilla almond bark or white chocolate in a saucepan and dip strawberries. Give the vanilla a little time to cool, and apply mini chocolate chips for eyes. Once the vanilla is set completely, melt semi-sweet chocolate and put melted chocolate into a ziplock bag. Cut a very small hole in one corner of the bag and use that to draw the mouth. Let cool in the fridge.

Pumpkin-cupcakes

Wondering about a lower-fat cupcake recipe? Try replacing the oil in your favorite cupcake recipe with pumpkin puree. Perfect for a Halloween or fall party, and heart-healty, too!

Pumpkin-seeds

I pretty much carve pumpkins just so that I can get to the seeds! These are my favorite and they are high in protein and fiber. Remove all seeds from the pumpkin, clean them and spread them onto a cookie sheet and allow to dry overnight. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees farenheit. Spray seeds with cooking spray and sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano, or chili powder. Bake for about 25 minutes or until browned.

Spider-Eggs

Deviled eggs are always a hit, no matter what the occasion. Add a little Halloween touch by slicing a few black olives (which add heart healthy fats) and arranging them to look like spiders! I would just mash the yolk for this dish, but if you usually add more to your deviled eggs, go easy on the mayo, or try using plain greek yogurt for a lower fat, high protein treat.

What are you bringing to your party? I love new ideas and can even help brainstorm ways to take some of the guilt away from your favorites!

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Forbidden Fruits?

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With diabetes on the rise, the fear of high blood sugar, and the myth that carbohydrates are to blame for obesity, people seem to have put a big, fat “X” on fruits; but, do we need to?

Yes, fruit has carbohydrate and raises the blood sugar, and some fruits have more sugar than others. Now, don’t get me wrong! There are different vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber in different fruits that are all important for health; so, This doesn’t mean that we should avoid these fruits. What it does mean, though, is that the portion sizes are smaller. Here’s a list of 5 fruits that are more concentrated with sugar and the recommended portion sizes. Portion sizes are determined based on the amount of fruit providing about 15 g of carbohydrates.
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My 15 Grocery Store “Must Haves”

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What does this diabetic RD have on the shopping list each week? Variety is important, but we all have our “staples” that always find their way into our shopping carts. These are the 15 items that we can’t go without in our house.
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