6 Healthy Halloween Treats

Candy corn, chocolate bars, caramel apples, and so many other sugary treats are front-and-center at Halloween, even before the trick-or-treating begins! If you want to get into the holiday spirit in a healthier way, here are some easy-to-make Halloween snacks we found that kids (and kids at heart) will love!

Healthy Halloween Treats

6 Healthy Halloween Treats

Jack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups

Add color and fun to your Halloween with these smiling jack-o’-lantern faces carved into navel oranges. Slice off the tops of the oranges, scoop out the pulp, use a paring knife to cut out jack-o’-lantern faces, and fill with grapes and/or mixed berries.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Jack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups

 

Slithering Snake Dip

Eek! What is lurking in your hummus? A slithering snake made from black olives! Just carve beady eyes from string cheese and add a carrot tongue. Even those who hate serpents will love this little guy.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Kids Hummus Dip

 

Mummified Apples

Googly eyes and gauze tape turn green apples into mummies that are almost too cute to bite into.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Kids Mummified Apples

Monster Pie

Kids will love this Monsters, Inc. tart because it’s so darn cute, and well, because it’s dessert! Visit Creative and Healthy Fun Food to get this recipe that’s got a filling made from avocado, banana, and almond milk!

Healthy Halloween Treats - Monster Fruit Pie

Spooky Spider Eggs

Deviled eggs (like these) get extra creepy-crawly when they’re topped with spiders. To make eight scary spider eggs, cut 12 black olives in half vertically. Place one half in the center of each egg to form the body, then slice each remaining olive half into four sections to create legs. Shiver.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Spider Deviled Eggs

Eyeball Pasta

Start off a night of trick-or-treating with this clever eyeball pasta! Visit Spend with Pennies to see how she used string cheese, black olives, and a straw to create eyeballs of different sizes that stare out of ghoulishly green spinach pasta.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Eyeball Party Pasta

Candy Corn Protein Shake

Whether you love it or run screaming from it, candy corn is symbolic of Halloween. But, there are plenty of healthier ways to celebrate this spooky holiday than loading up on candy. This year, how about whipping up a festive Candy Corn Protein Smoothie instead? It’s like a costume for your smoothie! The three layers get their colors from wholesome ingredients such as carrot juice, pineapple, and turmeric, which taste surprisingly good when mixed with Vanilla Shakeology (or sub your favorite protein powder) and coconut milk.

Candy Corn Halloween Protein Shake Recipe

The novelty of this multi-layered shake does require a bit of extra effort and freezer time. If Halloween is your favorite holiday, then you’ll agree that every step is worth it. If you want to skip straight to the enjoyment part, you can blend all of the ingredients together at once.

Candy Corn Protein Shake Recipe

Total Time: 45 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:
For Bottom Layer:
½ cup fresh carrot juice
¼ cup reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
½ cup ice

For Middle Layer:
½ cup water
½ cup ice
½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or protein powder)
¼ cup canned pineapple, in juice, drained
½ tsp. ground turmeric

For Top Layer:
½ cup coconut milk beverage
½ cup ice
½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or protein powder)

Instructions:
For Bottom Layer:
1. Place carrot juice, yogurt, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour into large serving glass. Place glass in freezer for 15 minutes.

For Middle Layer:
1. Place water, ice, Shakeology, pineapple, and turmeric in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Slowly pour into serving glass over bottom layer. Place glass in freezer for 15 minutes.

For Top Layer:
1. Place coconut milk, ice, and Shakeology in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Slowly pour into serving glass over middle layer; serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 255
Total Fat: 5 g
Total Carbohydrates: 29 g (Fiber: 4 g; Sugars: 20 g)
Protein: 23 g

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Hummus Deviled Eggs

For a protein-packed snack, try these hummus-filled eggs topped with Kalamata olives and smoked paprika. The combination of flavors is more exciting than your average deviled egg. And, each serving is extremely satisfying pieces!

Hummus Deviled Eggs Recipe

Hummus Deviled Eggs Recipe

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 2 servings, 8 egg halves each

Ingredients:
8 hard-boiled eggs, cut in half lengthwise, yolks discarded
½ cup prepared hummus (or try this homemade version!)
10 Kalamata olives, chopped
Ground smoked paprika (to taste; optional)

Preparation:
1. Fill each egg white half with 1½ tsp. hummus.
2. Sprinkle evenly with olives and paprika. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 223
Fat: 10 g
Carbohydrates: 14 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 1 g)
Protein: 17 g

 

Homemade Hummus

omemade hummus is great because you can reduce the amount of olive oil and tahini, making it lower in fat and calories. Try this with veggies for a snack or in this deviled egg recipe for a healthy appetizer!

Healthy Homemade Hummus Recipe

Healthy Homemade Hummus Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings, about ¼ cup each

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), reserve liquid
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp . extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame butter)
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) (to taste; optional)
  • Ground paprika (for garnish; optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place chickpeas, lemon juice, oil, and garlic in food processor or blender and pulse until chickpeas are mashed.
  2. Add tahini; pulse for 1 minute. If hummus is too thick, add some of the reserved chickpea liquid. Add salt, if desired.
  3. Garnish with paprika, if desired.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 93
Fat: 5 g
Carbohydrates: 9 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 1 g)
Protein: 3 g

Pumpkin Risotto

Risotto is comfort food, pure and simple, but it can be loaded with high-fat ingredients. That’s why I created this delicious, lighter version with pumpkin, sage, and brown arborio rice (if you can’t find it, brown rice will do).

Pumpkin Risotto Healthy Recipe

Pumpkin Risotto

Total Time: 1 hr. 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 1 hr.
Yield: 6 servings, about ¾ cup each

Ingredients:
4 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth
3½ cups water
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 medium shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ cup dry white wine (or water)
1¼ cups dry brown Arborio rice
2½ cups cubed raw pumpkin (½-inch cubes)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
¼ tsp. ground black pepper

Preparation:
1. Heat broth and water in large saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add shallots; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until shallots are translucent.
4. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
5. Add wine; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute, or until wine evaporates.
6. Add rice; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
7. Add 1 cup broth mixture; cook, stirring frequently, for 6 minutes, or until liquid is almost completely absorbed.
8. Add remaining broth mixture ½ cup at a time; cook, stirring constantly. Add the next ½ cup after the first ½ cup is absorbed. (This will take about 50 minutes.)
9. Add pumpkin during the last 15 minutes of cooking.
10. After all the broth mixture has been added, add cheese, sage, and pepper; mix well.
11. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):
Calories: 220
Total Fat: 4 g
Total Carbohydrates: 38 g (Fiber: 2 g; Sugars: 3 g)
Protein: 5 g

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Vanilla Chai Protein Shake

Blend creamy vanilla protein powder with black tea, exotic allspice, and a touch of honey to make this delicious smoothie.

Vanilla Chai Protein Shake Recipe

Vanilla Chai Protein Shake

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or your favorite  protein powder)
1 cup brewed Chai tea, cooled
1 tsp. raw honey
1 dash ground allspice
½ cup ice (add more to taste)

Preparation:
Place all ingredients in blender; cover. Blend until smooth & enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):
Calories: 151
Total Fat: 2 g
Total Carbohydrates: 20 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 12 g)
Protein: 16 g

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Baked Apple Chips

Want a satisfying, crunchy snack? Try these apple chips! They’re easy to make and don’t have any added sugar or preservatives. Your kids will love them too!

Baked Apple Chips Recipe

Baked Apple Chips

Total Time:  2 hrs. 25 min.
Prep Time:  10 min.
Cooking Time:  2 hrs. 15 min.
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 medium red apples, cored, sliced very thin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 275° F.
2. Place apples in a medium bowl. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon; toss to blend.
3. Place apples on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, turn, bake for an additional 45 minutes, turn, bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until apples have dried and are starting to get crisp.

Note: Apples can be peeled if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):
Calories: 49
Total Fat: 0 g
Total Carbohydrates: 13 g (Fiber: 2 g; Sugars: 9 g)
Protein: 0 g

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Strawberry Chia Protein Shake

With chia seeds and coconut water, this powerful shake recipe can give you a nutritional boost to kick-start your day, or it can be a well-rounded snack to help you power through the afternoon.

Strawberry Chia Protein Shake Recipe

Strawberry Chia Protein Shake

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut water
1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology (or your preferred protein powder)
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 cup ice

Preparation:
Place all ingredients in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):
Calories: 180
Total Fat: 2 g
Total Carbohydrates: 24 g (Fiber: 4 g; Sugars: 14 g)
Protein: 17 g

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Plum Bran Muffins

These moist, whole wheat bran muffins have less than 100 calories each! Plums, prunes, and rich apple butter make them naturally moist and sweet. They make a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack you can eat anytime.

Tip: It’s easy to remove skins from plums. Dip plums, one at a time, in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. When you remove them from the water the skin should easily slip off.

Plum Bran Healthy Muffin Recipe

Plum Bran Muffins

Total Time: 28 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 18 min.
Yield: 12 servings, 1 muffin each

Ingredients:
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup wheat bran (or oat bran)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¾ cup apple butter, no sugar added
½ cup low-fat buttermilk (or nonfat plain yogurt)
2 large egg whites
1 cup chopped skinned plums (about 2 medium)
½ cup chopped pitted prunes

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Prepare twelve muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with spray.
3. Combine flour, bran, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
4. Combine apple butter, buttermilk, and egg whites in a large bowl; mix well.
5. Add flour mixture to apple butter mixture; mix until just blended.
6. Add plums and prunes; mix until just blended.
7. Divide batter among twelve prepared muffin cups.
8. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown and tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
9. Transfer muffins to rack; cool.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):
Calories: 98
Total Fat: 1 g
Total Carbohydrates: 22 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 5 g)
Protein: 4 g

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Cantaloupe Crème Protein Shake

Cantaloupe might not get as much love as other fruits, but summer is a prime time to add this melon to your diet. Switch out the standard summer fruits and try incorporating cantaloupe into your next Shakeology drink.

Cantaloupe Crème Protein Shake

Recipe - Cantaloupe Creme Protein Shake IG

Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or your preferred protein powder)
1 cup cubed cantaloupe
1 cup water
½ cup ice (add more to taste)

Preparation:
Place all ingredients in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Calories: 184
Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 27 g (Fiber: 4 g; Sugars: 20 g)
Protein: 17 g