Spooks, skeletons, haunts and yes…pounds and pounds of candy and other goal-destroying treats! In 2016 alone, Americans purchased 90 MILLION POUNDS of chocolate on Halloween day! That doesn’t count all the purchases weeks in advance that get grazed on before trick-or-treaters ever arrive. Let’s try something a little different with these healthy treats below!
Candy corn lover?
Try this instead: In a clear glass or bowl layer pineapple chunks, oranges or mandarins, and your favorite Greek yogurt. YUM!
Did you know that your eyesight plays a HUGE role into your eating habits and overall experience? Research has shown that better looking food is enjoyed more, is more satisfying, and has even been shown to be perceived to taste better!
Saute garlic and onion; add ground turkey and chopped veggies (your favorite like mushrooms, onion, zucchini), then stir in tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes and other herbs like garlic powder, oregano and basil.
Stuff peppers and bake at 425 for 35 minutes
Bell peppers are exceptionally rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants! Something more commonly associated with summertime foods, but even more important during cold season!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:
Don’t throw them away! Clean and dry them on paper towel. Coat with olive oil and your favorite seasonings (maybe paprika and cayenne pepper?)
Bake in the oven at 350 for 10-20 minutes depending on how crunchy you like them.
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of potassium, and phosphorus. They also contain zinc, fiber, selenium, and manganese – essential for growth, reproduction, wound healing, brain function, and proper metabolism!
Sweet Potato Bread:
Love the cozy feeling of eating fresh bread, but want a healthier version? Try making this gluten-free, vegan sweet potato bread made with basic ingredients!
Click here for the full recipe – only 10 minutes prep!
No gluten means no high-GI wheat flour in this treat! No animal or dairy products also sures up the healthy fortitude of this fluffy bread! Not to mention sweet potatoes are a nutrient power-house with delicious flavor to boot.
These are super fun for the kiddos! Slice apples of your choice. Spread natural peanut butter on one side of each slice and make a “sandwich” with the two apple slices. Putting macadamia nuts in-between makes them look like little monster teeth! (or raisins for rotten teeth!)
Apples are great sources of fiber (an excellent trait for snacks to have) and the fat in peanut butter will help you stay full longer! Add your favorite nuts or seeds for the teeth, maybe even add a strawberry slice for a tongue! All healthy options that you can serve your kids and their friends with pride.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal:
Mix rolled oats, ground flax, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, milk, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and a little lemon juice in a glass jar overnight. Heat jar for 1.5 minutes in the microwave and top with blueberries, pumpkin seeds, or coconut chips for extra texture! Maybe even add some Ellipse Vanilla Bio-Whey protein powder! Get the full recipe HERE.
This dish is fiber FILLED! Great for digestion and helping you to feel full! Treat that seasonal sweet tooth with a balanced, healthy breakfast. They are also a good source of iron for those with limited red meat or dark leafy greens in their diet, as well as Vitamin A and B-6.