Ghosts, Goblins, and Greens? Ideas for Healthy Halloween Treats
By Nicole Hopping October 27, 2012 No Comments
Halloween is rapidly approaching, which means bags of fun-sized candy are piling up in grocery stores, pumpkin pastries and chocolaty desserts are lining countertops at workplace potlucks, and kids are getting a daily sugar rush from school-time treats. And while an occasional seasonal indulgence never hurt anyone, Halloween doesn’t have to be all sugar and no spice. Spice things up this Halloween with treats on the healthier side. After all, the novelty of a seasonal food doesn’t have to be in its richness. Cleverly designed, healthy, and delicious seasonal treats will pique initial curiosity and the flavor will keep ‘em coming back for more.
Here are some low calorie suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
Snack & Appetizer Ideas
- Meringue Ghost Cookies
- Meringue is an easily molded and low-calorie food
- Ghostly Pears
- Dip in white chocolate and paint with food coloring
- Popcorn Balls in Clear Halloween Bags
- Popcorn is a whole grain and naturally high in fiber
- Trail Mix
- Throw together a mix of raw nuts and dark colored dried fruits like prunes and blueberries
- Spice-Rubbed Pumpkin Seeds
- Toss with olive oil, cumin, and coriander before roasting
- Witch Finger Bread Sticks
- Make delicate folds in the dough for knuckles and use an almond slice for nails
- Bat-Shaped Grilled Cheese
- Use pumpernickel bread, low-fat cheese, and a bat-shaped cookie cutter
- Mandarin Jack-O-Lanterns
- Draw faces on mandarin oranges for a fun and healthy Halloween activity
- Jack-O-Lantern Vegetable Platter
- Use carrots and olives to make the face and broccoli for the stem
- Jack-O-Lantern Oranges
- Use a carved orange peel as a bowl for individual fruit salads
- Candy Corn Milkshakes
- Stack pureed mango and pineapple in a tall glass and top with light whipped cream or coconut milk
- Pumpkin Hummus
- Whip up your favorite hummus and add extra flare serving in a carved out small pumpkin
- Spider Web Pizza
- You’ll have to use more marinara sauce than cheese to define the web, which reduces calories. Use low-fat cheese and whole wheat dough.
- Pumpkin Oatmeal/ Pancakes / Milkshakes
- To lighten up traditional recipes, swap whole milk with low-fat, and omit any added sugar. Instead, try using ripe bananas or maple syrup. The pumpkin pie spices and vanilla will satisfy your cravings for a delicious, seasonal dish.
The more creativity you throw into it, the more your kids or guests will enjoy it. So sit back and think of all the orange, black, or white colored foods you can then pair each with your favorite Halloween décor. Let your kids in on the food creation fun too! The time spent together, coupled with the imaginative treats you create together will make this Halloween one to remember.