Monday, October 24, 2011

Horrifyingly Healthy Halloween Snacks

Halloween can be a recipe for disaster. Candy corn, cupcakes, brownies, sacks full of treats — talk about sugar overload! There's got to be a better option, right?

Oranges cut like jack-o'-lanterns
Jack-O'(range)-Lantern
Sarah Martin

BOO-nanasThe following recipes are simple to prepare, fun to eat and sure to please everyone in the family.

BOO-nanas

Peel a banana and press in raisins or carob chips to make a spooky face! Use raspberries or strawberries as blood to make an extra-creepy treat.

Jack-O'(range)-Lantern

Carve an orange as you would a pumpkin by removing a piece from the top and scooping out the insides with a spoon. Cut out a design on the front of the orange using a serrated knife. Mix the pulp with diced strawberries and place back into the orange for a fruit salad in a fun and festive bowl.

Worms and Dirt healthy Halloween snackWorms and Dirt

This treat puts a spin on the old classic without all the sugar and artificial candy. A small serving can be perfect as a snack, or try a larger and muddier mess for a chilling breakfast. In a bowl combine:

1/2 cup crushed bran flakes or your favorite brown whole-grain cereal
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon peanut (or other nut) butter
Cinnamon to taste

Slice a banana into 1- to 2-inch strips and hide "maggots" all around.

Egg eyeballsEgg Eyeballs

Slice a hard-boiled egg in half and scoop out part of the yolk. Insert half a pitted olive for a frightening snack.

These are just a few frightening ideas. Get creative with your favorite snacks and see what spooky treats you can create!

Sarah Martin, dietetic intern, and Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.

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