NUTRITIOUS HALLOWEEN: TRICKS & TREATS THAT WON’T RUIN A WAISTLINE

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year. There is so much to enjoy, from the wacky costumes to the spooky decorations. Of course, sweets are definitely a big part of the holiday too, but some of these treats have questionable ingredients and undesirable health consequences. It’s normal to want to enjoy the treats Halloween has to offer, and you can still do that if you know how to make them healthy. The following are a few Halloween-themed recipes that are healthy and won’t interfere too heavily with your weight loss plan.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pumpkin

You wouldn’t think you can enjoy a nice piece of chocolate, but try and adjust those dessert recipes ever so slightly and you might be surprised. For one, this recipe uses coconut oil, which studies have shown to be ideal as compared to other oils for weight loss.

You will need the following for this recipe:

A metal or plastic pumpkin mold
1/4 a cup of raw, unrefined coconut oil
2 tablespoons raw, unsweetened cacao powder
1/8 of a teaspoon of sea salt or to taste
2 tablespoons of raw honey or to taste (or, you can skip the honey and use Stevia for sweetness)
2 tablespoons of Wio SmartFood peanut butter

Follow these steps to make your peanut butter pumpkins:

-Blend the coconut oil and chocolate.
-Add salt to the blend. Then, just add your honey. You want to taste your blend now to make sure you are happy with the sweetness.
-Add your peanut butter, and taste your mix.
-Pour the mixture into your mold once you are satisfied with the taste.
-Place the mold in your freezer, and let it solidify, which should take about an hour.

It’s that easy to enjoy a wonderfully delicious chocolate treat this Halloween and not feel too bad about it!

Ghostly Pizza

This is another one of those simple recipes you know so well, except you are going to make a few twists and turns. For one, try making a cauliflower pizza crust, or for a more simple option, puck up one of Trader Joe’s pre-made cauliflower pizza crusts. You can use raw cheese or at least skim cheese to make this pizza. Try using olive oil instead of butter, which not only helps reduce fat content but is also good for the heart.

You can prepare the pizza dough like you normally would, but the twist here is that you are going to use a ghost cookie-cutter mold to add the shredded cheese onto the pizza. Be sure to add two olives as your ghost’s eyes. You might want to consider using vegetables instead of meat that you might have otherwise. A number of vegetables go great with pizza, like zucchini, green peppers, mushrooms, and onions which should help make your spooky pizza even more nutritious.

Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a simple yet delicious snack, and if prepared properly, they won’t ruin your diet! This deviled egg recipe has a fun Halloween twist. You’ll need:

6 eggs
3 tablespoons mayonnaise (or, substitute Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative)
½ teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
12 black olives
Hard boil the eggs and cut them in half length-wise. Remove the yolks. Once all of the eggs have been cut and the yolks are all removed, put them in a bowl and mash them. Mix in the mayo (or Greek yogurt), ground mustard, salt, and pepper. Put the yolk mixture back into the eggs.

Here’s where the Halloween fun comes into play! Take the olives and cut them in half length-wise. Place the halved olive on top of the deviled egg – this will serve as the spider’s “body.” Then, take the other half of the olive and cut it into eight thin slices. Place four olive slices on each side of the halved olive to serve as the spider’s legs.

These deviled eggs look great on display at a Halloween party, and they taste even better! The protein from the egg is a healthy addition to your diet, and if you used Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, you won’t be eating many calories as you enjoy these spooky spider snacks.

Conclusion

There are a lot of tempting treats during the Halloween season, and most of them aren’t very healthy. It’s OK to indulge every now and then in moderation, but it’s also a good idea to focus on healthier ways to get into the Halloween spirit. With these wonderful Halloween treats, you and your entire family can enjoy the holiday without sacrificing your health. For more information on ways to stay healthy and promote weight loss, don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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