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!

"What's Fresh?"

The best part about living in the city is that I can go down to my local fish or meat market and ask “what came in today?!”

The topic comes up all the time in my house...what are we going to have for dinner?! So I have tried to get into the habit of popping into my local fish market and asking the owner what came in that day (in totally helps to be in Boston because we are costal and sea food is not only healthy it is to die for here!)

Well the other day it was haddock, super yummy white flakey fish. I purchased two fillets and was on my way. Quick stop at Whole Foods to grab a few extra things: I was on the lookout for a veggie and starch side as well as lemons. Super clean and healthy meal here you go!

I got home and diced up the potatoes that I bought put them in the bottom of the pan with a very small amount of olive oil, pepper, dill, and other spices (no salt). Then cut up my red peppers and put them into the aluminum foil (yes mum I promise from here on out I vow to use parchment paper instead) with the fish. I cut open the lemon, squeezed the juice right on top and added a bit of dill and pepper...that’s it. Wrapped it up and popped it into the oven.

When it was time to come out it was so juicy and amazing! 24 hours tops between sea and dish...now that is the best way to eat fresh!

 

 

 

 

Greek Yogurt Mini Pops

Believe it or not...I have a wicked sweet tooth. These are the perfect solution! Greek Yogurt mini pops!

Introducing: Greek Yogurt Mini Pops!

         I do have a wicked sweet tooth, I mainly keep it under wraps but I will not deny my lack of willpower at times...awful right?!

         Ok these lil guys are PERFECT! I took blueberries and cut up a strawberry, put them in an ice cube tray and voila! Great little bite sized frozen dessert that is not going to send you on a guilt trip.

 

I used about 1 tsp of french vanilla Greek Yogurt in each cube with both a strawberry piece and a blueberry. Want to guess what the calories came out to be per cube?!

 

 

3.5 Calories!!!

 

Yup. And they are nice and chilly so they are great during the summer! Holy Moley I am in love!

 

Enjoy XYB’ers :)

 

Summertime Freshness

Fresh is the name of the eating game during the summertime! Farmers Markets, everything in season, or hey better yet grow your own!

Some of my best girlfriends were over recently...hmm crap what to make for healthy finger foods?! I have been growing herbs on our back porch so it was the perfect time to go straight from the plant, to the plate, to the belly :) Caprese Salad is one of my husband’s favorites & easy as one, two, three!

Cut up fresh tomatoes, pop some fresh mozzarella, and basil on top, then balsamic vinegar. Yum, yum, yum!

 

Happy Summer kids!