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.

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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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What’s Cooking?! Whole Wheat Muffin Pizza

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Pizza, beer, and Monday Night Football should be enjoyed, even in the home of a dietitian! But, I do try to make the pizza heart healthy and higher in fiber. Rather than ordering delivery, consider making your own pies! English muffin pizza makes for an easy, fast and interactive meal. Everyone creates individual pizzas with their favorite toppings and they are done in 15 minutes.

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What’s Cooking?! Chicken Kabobs

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Another quick, low fat meal with very few ingredients. Chicken kabobs! Choose a low-fat marinade, such as balsamic vinegar, lemon/lime juice, or a low-fat italian dressing to keep the meat tender and the Calories low. A whole grain, high fiber starch, like corn on the cob or lima beans give carbohydrates for energy, and the non-starchy veggies on the kabobs and as another side dish add color, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Looks pretty, doesn’t it? And to think it only took about 20 minutes on the grill!
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