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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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            Last Updated on January 14, 2019

            7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

            7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

            From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

            What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

            1. Take the scenic route.

            Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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            Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

            2. Distract yourself.

            No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

            3. Listen to music or podcasts.

            There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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            4. Bring a friend.

            Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

            Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

            5. Accessorize.

            There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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            For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

            6. Compete.

            A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

            7. Relax.

            The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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            With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

            Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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