Advertising
Advertising

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”

hummus-hand
    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.

    Advertising

    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.

      Advertising

      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.

        Advertising

        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.

          Advertising

          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

            More by this author

            Scott Christ

            Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

            10 Simple Ways To Live a Longer and Happier Life I Want To Be Happy: 7 Science-Backed Ways to Find Happiness 17 Things Emotionally Strong People Don’t Do 10 Things To Do When You Are Feeling Down 10 Things a Happy Person Does Differently

            Trending in Food and Drink

            1 17 Weight Loss Recipes That Are Incredibly Nutritious and Super Delicious 2 8 Best Teas for Weight Loss and Fat Burning 3 10 Brain Vitamins for Enhanced Brain Power 4 25 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas to Energize Your Day 5 15 Healthy Recipes for Dinner (For Fast Weight Loss)

            Read Next

            Advertising
            Advertising
            Advertising

            Last Updated on September 28, 2020

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

            Advertising

            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

            Advertising

            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

            Advertising

            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

            Advertising

            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

            Con #4: Unique Distractions

            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

            Final Thoughts

            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

            More About Working From Home

            Featured photo credit: Standsome Worklifestyle via unsplash.com

            Reference

            Read Next