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I Didn’t Expect Halloween Recipes To Be Both Delicious And Healthy Until I See This

I Didn’t Expect Halloween Recipes To Be Both Delicious And Healthy Until I See This

It’s not often you find the words “Halloween” and “healthy” in the same sentence. After all, Halloween is known for one thing: sweet treats.

If you have kids, you know that Halloween means your house will be filled with tempting sweet treats for the foreseeable future. But let’s put this into perspective for a moment. Let’s say your child visits 30 houses on Halloween (many kids are much more aggressive) and picks up a “fun-sized” candy bar at each house. Assuming each of those fun-sized candy bars has 250 calories (I’m using Snickers as the basis for this assumption), your kid would be bringing home 7,500 calories worth of candy. Even if it takes a full week to finish up that candy, you’re looking at an extra 1,000+ calories each day of sugary, calorie-dense junk food!

But Halloween doesn’t have to be a sugar-filled, unhealthy affair. By using a little imagination and some healthy ingredients, you can prepare some better-for-you snacks, meals, and desserts.

If you’re looking for healthier recipes this Halloween season, you’ve come to the right place. Check out this list of some of our favorite healthy Halloween recipes that are great for adults and kids alike.

“Hummus Hands”

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    Ingredients:
    • 1 can salt-free garbanzo beans
    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp tahini
    • 1 tsp. kosher salt
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 clove of garlic
    • 5 carrots
    • 5 pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
    Directions:

    1. Rinse and peel carrots so they resemble five fingers.

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    2. Rinse beans and combine with olive oil, tahini, salt, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor. Turn to medium-high setting and blend until smooth.

    3. Place a small dollop of hummus on each of the pumpkin seeds and press onto the ends of the carrots so they resemble fingers.

    4. Transfer hummus to a deep serving bowl and stick the carrots into the bowl so it looks like a hand is reaching out of it.

    Nutrition Facts per serving (makes 5 servings):

    205 calories, 9 g fat, 23 g carbs (6 g fiber), 7 g protein

    “Orange Pumpkin Milkshake”

    pumpkin milkshake
      Ingredients:
      • 1 cup canned pumpkin
      • 1 banana
      • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
      • 1 Tbsp honey
      • 1 Tbsp nutmeg
      • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
      • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
      • 3 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk
      • 2 cups ice
      Directions:

      1. Combine all ingredients in a blender except for brown sugar.

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      2. Blend on highest setting for 30 seconds.

      3. Divide evenly into two glasses and top each with brown sugar.

      Nutrition Facts per serving (makes 4 servings):

      135 calories, 2.5 g fat, 25 g carbs, 4.5 g protein

      “Ants on a Log”

      ants on a log
        Ingredients:
        • 4 large stalks of celery
        • 4 Tbsp peanut butter
        • 1/4 cup raisins
        Directions:

        1. Rinse celery and chop ends off.

        2. Coat the inside of each stalk of celery with peanut butter.

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        3. Line the inside of each stalk with raisins by pressing a raisin into the layer of peanut butter.

        Nutrition Facts per serving (makes 4 servings):

        130 calories, 8 g fat, 12 g carbs, 4 g protein

        “Deviled Egg Eyeballs”

        deviled egg eyeballs
          Ingredients:
          • 5 eggs
          • 3 green olives
          • 2 Tbsp mayo with olive oil
          • 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt
          • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
          • 1 beet (peeled and diced)
          • 1/2 tsp. salt
          • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
          Directions:

          1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.

          2. Drop eggs in and boil for 7 minutes.

          3. Remove eggs from boiling water and rest in a bowl of cool water. Add sliced beets to the water.

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          4. Remove shells from each egg and cut each in half.

          5. Remove the yolk from each egg and combine in mixing bowl with mayo, mustard, yogurt, and salt.

          6. Scoop the yolk mixture back into each half an egg then top with a thin slice of olive.

          Nutrition Facts per serving (makes 5 servings):

          103 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g carbs, 7 g protein

          “Healthier Peanut Butter Cups”

          peanut butter cup
            Ingredients:
            • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
            • 1/2 cup peanut butter
            • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
            • 1/4 cup raw organic cocoa powder
            • 8-10 drops of liquid stevia
            • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
            Directions:

            1. Line a mini muffin tray with 12 liners. Combine 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil, 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 tsp. vanilla in a separate mixing bowl. Pour mixture in bottom half of each liner. Put muffin tray in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

            2. Combine other 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1 tsp. vanilla, cocoa powder, and stevia in a mixing bowl. Fill top layer of each liner and top with crushed nuts. Refrigerate another 10-15 minutes.

            Nutrition Facts per serving (makes 12 servings):

            107 calories, 3 g fat, 2 g carbs, 3 g protein

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            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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