Happy Healthy Halloween!

3 Oct

Can you believe it?  October is already here, and with it, all of those wonderful fall treats! Many of us wait all year to indulge in our favorite fall snacks and dishes; unfortunately, a lot of those dishes aren’t the healthiest for us.  With the inclusion of bags and bags of Halloween candy lining the store aisles, this time of the year can be challenging for us to stick with our healthy lifestyles and routines.  Never fear!   You don’t have to give up all of your seasonal favorites – with just a few tweaks, your treats can turn from scary to hauntingly healthy!

Snack O’Lanterns
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Slice off the tops of the oranges, scoop out the pulp, use a paring knife to cut out jack-o’-lantern faces, and fill with grapes and/or mixed berries.  Set the lid back on top and serve.

 

Pumpkin Dip
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Ingredients:
3/4 cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
24 apple slices

Place first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add syrup and cinnamon- beat until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Serve (in a small hallowed out pumpkin) with apple.


Halloween Pasta Salad
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Ingredients:
Pasta, carrots, broccoli, cheddar cheese and zucchini cut with spooky faces. Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower and snow peas all work well too.

Add black food coloring to the pasta water or use squid ink pasta for a spooky color. Cook the pasta, throw in the rest of the ingredients, and then toss the whole mix with some Italian dressing (to taste) and let it refrigerate for an hour or two.

 
Have a happy and healthy Halloween!   See you at the Studio!

~Dayna
PX Studio

 

Recipes Adapted From:
Cooking Light
Skinny Taste
Food Network

 

 

 

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