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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”

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.

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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 Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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