Healthy Halloween Treats!

With Halloween right around the corner and your costume finally picked out, it’s time to start preparing for the party!  Here’s some ideas on healthy snacks to keep everyone satisfied while feeling good too! Fruit and Veggie Platter:  Take your favorite fruits and vegetables and arrange them into your favorite Halloween icons like a Jack O’ Lantern or a skeleton.

Clementine Jack o’ Lanterns:  Peel enough clementines for your guests and then stick a small piece of celery into the top to act as the stem.  They look just like pumpkins!

Carrot Fingers:  Peel enough carrots for your guests and cut them in half.  Using whatever  dip you have chosen for the party, place a small amount at the top to stick either a pumpkin seed or sliced almond to look like a finger nail.

Banana Ghosts:  After peeling the bananas cut them in half.  Using cheerios or chocolate chips and peanut butter as a glue, stick them on the banana to make a spooky face!

Apple Mouths:  Once cutting enough red apples into slices, place 4-5 mini marshmallows between the two slices to look like teeth.  Fasten the two slices together using a tooth pick.

These healthy snacks will be just as big of a hit as your party will be!  Your guests won’t be able to keep their hands off of them!

Think "Take In"

Yes, I get food cravings too, and you need to know when to indulge in those cravings rather than pushing them aside. It’s also important to know how to make them as healthy as possible! This meal with super yummy and healthier than anything I could have ordered via take out!

So we all love it when someone else does the cooking for us. Especially when you have a craving for something, but more often than not fat, cholesterol, sodium, and calorie contents are all through the roof when we order take out. I wanted...no, let me rephrase that...I NEEDED Chinese food the other night. I have not a clue why, but it was a craving that I could not shake. So instead of picking up the phone and ordering, I decided to look through my fridge and cabinets to see what I had and if I could dream up a healthy solution. I found pasta, broccoli, chicken breast, and a sesame marinade. Problem solved!!

It was super quick! The chicken was thin sliced so I popped them in the oven with only spices (NO salt!) on them. Boiled the pasta and steamed the broccoli over the boiling water. I then added the marinade, only needed 1 tbsp to do the job which only added 40 calories, but brought the sodium (590 mg) with it. However, this was split up between both my serving, my husband’s, as well as the leftovers, so in retrospect we did pretty well!

Try it out tonight instead of getting a hard work busting take out meal. This was ready in less than 15 minutes!! Pretty great if you ask me!