Halloween is just around the corner. With Halloween comes candy, chocolate and unhealthy treats galore. This may seem like heaven for children, but for those of us watching our waste-lines, it spells disaster. Fortunately, it is still possible to enjoy this holiday like a child, and have tasty treats without going on calorie overload. Try these scrumptious treats; it is guaranteed that you will not even be thinking about that candy bar.
1. Wicked Pumpkin Soup:
- Simmer onions, pumpkin puree, low sodium vegetable broth, cinnamon, nutmeg, fat-free milk together for 5 minutes. Top with chopped green onion.
- This sweet and savory soup will warm your heart, and fill your stomach with plenty of healthy nutrients.
2. Spooky Spiced Popcorn:
- There is no need to add butter to your popcorn any longer. Mix together cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon in a bowl. Spray air popped popcorn with cooking spray. Evenly coat popcorn with spiced mix.
- Popcorn is high in fiber which will keep you full.
3. Haunted Pumpkin Seeds:
- Bake at 325 degrees until golden brown. When the seeds are still hot, sprinkle a little garlic powder over the top.
- Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber and contain iron, magnesium and zinc.
4. Trick or Treat Trail Mix:
- Mix together roasted almonds, raisins, cranberries, dark chocolate chips.
- Heart healthy fats from the almonds, antioxidants from the cranberries and dark chocolate, this is a cancer fighting snack to the rescue!
5. Ghoulish Halloween Pumpkin Bread:
- For this recipe you will need 1 cup light brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 cup pumpkin puree, ¼ cup canola oil, 1/3 cup low fat plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup all purpose flour, ¾ cup whole wheat flour, 1 ½ baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon baking soda.
- Whisk together the wet ingredients, then the dry in a separate bowl. The combine pumpkin mixture to flour mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.
- This treat is low in calories and high in flavor. The pumpkin adds extra vitamin C and fiber to your diet.
6. Brain Cell Delight:
- Whip up a box of jello, then layer on top the mixed cottage cheese and blueberries for a disgustingly yummy looking treat.
- Blueberries are packed with antioxidants which are warriors against cancer. Cottage cheese is low in calories and fat, high in protein and contains bone building calcium.
7. Gruesome Pumpkin Pancakes:
- For this recipe you will need 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon allspice, 12 teaspoon ginger, 2 cups skim milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 cup canned pumpkin puree.
- Mix all the dry ingredients and then all the wet ingredients, then mix together. Cook on medium heat with a skillet. Serve with real maple syrup or microwaved berries.
- Pumpkin is low in calories and fat and high in fiber, vitamin C and E, potassium and magnesium.
8. Spider Pretzels:
- Sandwich natural almond butter between two whole wheat crackers and stick in pretzel “legs” into the sides. Add raisins for eyes with a little almond butter for glue on top.
- Almonds are high in heart healthy fats your body desperately needs.
9. Vampire Blood Smoothie:
- Blend together plain low fat yogurt with frozen raspberries, strawberries.
- Raspberries are high in fiber, and antioxidants which may help prevent cancer.
10. Bewitched Baked Apples:
- Stuff raisins and walnuts into a cored apple for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with cinnamon and fat-free whipped topping.
- Apples are in season right now, so you can get them for very cheap, plus they are high in fiber and cancer fighting substances.
With assistance provided by Colleen Poling