Happy Halloween from Vitality Directory!
Halloween is a hard time for most of us on a diet, but it doesn’t have to be. You’re bound to be having a party – or you know someone who is – and you just know that the odds of there being a healthy snack option up for grabs are pretty low. Rather than throwing your hard-earned success out the window with candy and sugary sweets full of preservatives, why not make some healthy snacks that the kids will love and that you can enjoy without feeling guilty? Here are three sweet treat recipes that will add a healthy dose of festivity to your spooky season!
Frozen Yogurt Banana Pops – Ghost Edition
This adorable and sweet-tasting recipe comes to us from sparkrecipies, but has been seen all over pinterest. It’s easy and quick to make, and the ingredients are cheap and easy to find. These may be better suited to warmer places as they are a bit chilly, but they’re fun all the same! The best part? Take away the chocolate chips and add fruit, flavored yogurt, or granola and this can be a year round treat. This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and yields two servings. Increase as desired.
1 banana, cut in half width-wise, not length-wise.
2 popsicle sticks or wooden skewers
1/4 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
4 mini chocolate chips
-Carefully poke the banana onto the skewer.
-Spread the yogurt over the bananas.
-Gently place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper.
-Adorn with two mini chocolate chips as eyes.
-Freeze until firm and serve.
One serving size is two popsicles.
Tip: The yogurt sticks better to a pre-frozen banana.
Frankenstein’s Fingers & Monster Mash
For Frankenstein’s Fingers
You need: at least 8 carrots, sliced almonds, low-fat cream cheese.
Wash 5 carrots. Try to pick 4 long ones for fingers and 1 short one for the thumb.
Ask an adult to carve a small hole at the top of each carrot for the fingernail.
Stick a sliced almond fingernail on top of each hole using low-fat cream cheese.
Peel some carrots to use for dipping.
For the Monster Mash
You need: 4 ripe avocadoes, 3 tablespoons of low-fat sour cream, 4 tablespoons of tomato salsa, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl to make your monster mash. Serve with Frankenstein’s fingers and plenty of carrots for dipping.
Halloween Dessert Cups
This recipe is great for parties because it yields ten servings and is easy to double! Using the holiday colors like purple and orange, this gelatin treat will make all the kids happy. And even better? There’s some chocolate in there that’ll kick everything up a notch. This recipe is somewhat customizable so you can use it to suit your needs. This fun recipe comes to us from Kraft and takes fifteen minutes prep, but about 4 hours total to finish, including the chilling of the jell-o. Make sure you have some time for this one!
2-1/2 cups boiling water, divided
2 pkg.(4-serving size each) JELL-O Orange Flavor Gelatin
2 pkg.(4-serving size each) JELL-O Grape Flavor Gelatin
10 plastic cups (6 oz.)
1-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1 oz. BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Decorations, such as Mini OREO Bite Size Cookies, black shoestring licorice, worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks and candy corn.
STIR 1-1/4 cups of the boiling water into the dry orange gelatin in medium bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved; pour into lightly greased 8-inch square pan. Repeat with remaining 1-1/4 cups boiling water and dry grape gelatin in separate bowl. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until firm.
CUT gelatin in each pan into 1/2-inch cubes. Place 1/4 cup of the orange cubes in each plastic cup; cover each with 1 Tbsp. of the whipped topping and 1/4 cup of the grape gelatin cubes. Top each with an additional 1 Tbsp. of the remaining whipped topping.
MELT chocolate as directed on package; cool slightly. Pour into small resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Cut a small corner off of one of the bottom corners of bag; squeeze chocolate over whipped topping to resemble spider webs or other Halloween shapes. Add decorations as desired.