When you think of Halloween treats, what comes to mind? Most people would say chocolate bars, sugary lollipops or candied apples, but health-conscious snackers might struggle to find diet-friendly options to satisfy their sweet tooth. Last year I shared four guilt-free options for healthy Halloween treats, and these five nutritious snacks will make the perfect addition to any spooky soiree.
Menacing Monster Bites
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, but they’re sure to please the crowds at your monster mash this Halloween! Bring your monster bites to life by cutting green apples into quarters, taking a slice out of the skin for the monster’s mouth. Coat the inside of the mouth with peanut butter (or a flavored spread for those with peanut allergies). Add sunflower seed teeth to the top of the mouth and a strawberry slice tongue to the bottom. Top off your creepy creature with some store bought edible googly eyes using honey as the “glue”, and you’ll be ready to serve up some fruity frights with your monster bites!
Frighteningly Fun Fruit Kabob
Pumpkins and Ghosts and Frankensteins, oh my! The ghoulish gang’s all here on this easy to make Halloween fruit kabob. Use a melon baller to carve out small, orange spheres for your pumpkin. A jumbo-sized marshmallow serves as the body of your ghost, and a large square of kiwi makes Frankenstein’s signature blocky head. Assemble your kabob on a skewer, then pipe on some frightening faces with black piping gel or icing. Let your fruit kabobs chill overnight before serving your guests this diet-friendly fun on a stick.
Spooky Sweet Potato Fries
Can’t quite make up your mind on whether you want a sweet treat or a savory snack? These spooky sweet potato fries should do the trick! Slice your sweet potatoes into thin rounds (slice thinner for crispy fries, or leave them thicker for a soft center). Use small Halloween-themed cookie cutters to cut designs into the center of your sweet potato slices, or cut them by hand to show off your creative side. Coat the slices with a sprinkling of sea salt, sugar, or your favorite seasoning before baking them in the oven at 400℉ until tender (about 20 minutes). On top of providing some healthy haunts this Halloween, the nutrient rich sweet potatoes will also provide you with loads of vitamin A and vitamin C.
Deviled Egg Eyeballs
Deviled eggs are a staple at many holiday parties, but you’ve probably never seen them quite like this! Start off your deviled egg eyeballs by slicing hard boiled eggs in half, then scoop out the yolks into a bowl. Age old deviled egg recipes call for an egg yolk and mayonnaise filling, which can add on extra calories. Instead, swap out the mayonnaise for hummus or plain Greek yogurt for an additional protein punch. Mix in small spoonfuls of Dijon mustard until the flavoring is to your liking, then add 2-3 drops of food coloring to give your eyeballs their creepy green gaze. Spoon or pipe your filling back into the egg white and top it off with an olive pupil. To give your eyeballs a bloodshot look, dip a dull knife into paprika and carefully draw some veining onto the egg white. Deviled eggs aren’t traditionally known as the most nutritious finger food, but this healthy twist on an old classic will have you snacking guilt free this Halloween!
Deep Dark Pumpkin Seed Bark
By now we all know the many health benefits of pumpkin seeds, so what better way to make use of the gutted inside of your jack-o-lantern than by turning it into a chocolatey confection? Melt down a bag of dark chocolate chips into a bowl (12oz per ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds). Pour in your pumpkin seeds, then flavor with any combination of cacao nibs, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and/or shredded coconut. Once your chocolate concoction is to your liking, pour the contents of your bowl into a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Top your pumpkin seed bark with a sprinkling of sea salt for an added kick, and leave to set for 1-2 hours. Break your bark into bite sized pieces before serving up this deep dark delight to your guests.
Sticking to Your Diet With Healthy Halloween Treats
Halloween often leads to a string of “cheat days” with so many sugary temptations available in every aisle of the grocery store. Luckily, these healthy Halloween treats should make it easier to bypass the jumbo-sized bags of candy the next time you go shopping. The best part about these spooky snacks? They’re all kid friendly and adult approved. Leave the fright to the trick-or-treaters – your diet should be nothing to be afraid of with so many diet-friendly Halloween options to choose from!
Dr. Lorraine Maita is a recognized and award-winning holistic, functional, and anti-aging physician and author. She transforms people’s lives by getting to the root cause of illness using the best of science and nature. Her approach as a functional medicine doctor is personalized, precision medicine where you are treated as the unique individual you are. If you’re ready to start your journey to a healthier, happier life, schedule your visit today!