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 waistlines, 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, and 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:
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- 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:
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- Mix together roasted almonds, raisins, cranberries, and 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, and 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, and 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