Healthy Snacks for a Happy Halloween

While Halloween is traditionally a holiday filled with sugar-filled treats, there are ways to still enjoy the parties and trick-or-treating without all of the candy, sugar and high-calorie foods. Here are some healthy and fun options to serve up!

Eyeball Caprese Salad
This recipe features just a few ingredients, so it’s quick to put together and the will be a fun addition to your Halloween party.

Ingredients:
• Basil leaves
• Roma tomatoes
• Fresh mozzarella
• Green and/or black olives
• Olive oil, optional

Directions:
1. Lay fresh basil leaves out on a tray
2. Slice a Roma tomato, putting one slice on top of each basil leaf
3. On top of the tomato slice, place a piece of the fresh mozzarella
4. Finish each appetizer with an olive slice on the mozzarella to finish the “eyeball” appearance.

Spooky Black Bean Hummus
This hummus dip makes for a healthier snack than traditional dips, and it features black beans which have fiber, potassium, and other great benefits that can help lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk for heart disease. Serve dip with pita chips.

Ingredients:
• 2 cloves garlic
• 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
• 2 tablespoons tahini or sesame oil
• 3 to 4 tablespoons lime (or lemon) juice
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper -- to taste
• 3 tablespoons unsweetened soy yogurt (optional)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
• For Design: additional plain Greek yogurt or tahini/sesame oil

Directions:
1. With food processor running, drop in the garlic cloves and process until finely chopped. Add the black beans, and process until pureed. Add the remaining ingredients (use the lesser amounts) and process until smooth. Taste and correct seasonings, adding more as needed.
2. Spoon the hummus into a serving dish, smoothing the top. Using a pastry bag and the yogurt, pipe on the design. Place a plastic spider into the web, or make one yourself from black olives. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Autumn Apple Nachos
The average amount of calories in a serving of nachos made with chips, cheese, beef and other toppings is over 500, while a serving of these apple nachos is less than half of that. This is a fun way to incorporate healthy fruit, while also adding some sweet toppings to please the party crowd.

Ingredients:
• 4 of your favorite apples
• 1/4 cup of lemon juice
• 1/4 cup of Caramel Topping
• 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
• 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
Directions:
1. Fill a medium sized bowl with water and stir in the lemon juice. Cut up apples and soak them in the lemon water for a few minutes. Make sure all the apple slices get wet as this will keep them from browning. Remove them from the water and arrange them on a serving plate.
2. Drizzle the caramel over the apples. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips and the chopped pecans on top as well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Halloween doesn’t need to be the sugar-filled holiday it usually is. While you can definitely still enjoy a candy here and there, by incorporating some of these fun (and still Halloween-themed) recipes into your party planning, you can make the holiday just a bit healthier.

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Kristi Larson