It’s Halloween season, which means sweet treats, a few tricks and an all-round good time! But what about the temptations to indulge in snacks that are counter-productive to a healthy and balanced diet? Below are some quick, easy and fun alternatives to the usual sugar-laden snacks, great for family Halloween parties or even to give out to trick-or-treaters!

 

 

 

 

Peanut-butter-apple Monsters

Turn the traditional peanut butter and apple snack into a fun Halloween treat for all!

What you need

  • 3 apples, cut into quarters
  • Peanut butter
  • 3-4 strawberries, finely sliced
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Edible sugar eyes (small or medium)
  • Small knife
  • Tablespoon

How to make it

  • Use a small knife to cut the middle of each quarter out to make them
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in the mouth you’ve just created
  • Place sunflower seeds on the top of the mouth to create teeth
  • Place 1 strawberry slice on the bottom half (on top of the peanut butter) for the tongue
  • Dab a tiny bit of peanut butter on the back of each edible sugar eye and place on top of the mouth

Enjoy the little monsters!

Ghostly Banana Ghouls

A quick and easy way to turn an ordinary banana into a spoOo-ky snack!

What you need

  • Bananas
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Small knife
  • Ice cream sticks (optional)

How to make it

  • Cut your bananas into halves
  • Use chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth. (Note: the pointy tops of the chocolate chips should fit snugly into the banana, if not, dab a tiny bit of peanut butter for extra hold)
  • For a trick-or-treat giveaway, insert an ice cream stick at the bottom of the banana for an easy hold

And that’s it, done!

Tangerine Pumpkins

This recipe is incredibly simple and is a great way to introduce kids to healthier Halloween options. Coupled with Ghostly Banana Ghouls and Apple Monsters, how could they not love it?

What you need

  • Seedless Tangerines
  • Celery
  • Small knife

How to make it

  • Peel tangerines
  • Wash, dry and cut the celery into small bitesize slices
  • Insert celery slices into the top of the tangerines

Easy-peasy tangerine pumpkins!

Power-Up Pumpkin-Pie Smoothie

Fancy a pick-me-up smoothie for the morning after Halloween? Try this pumpkin-pie smoothie for a post-Halloween breakfast treat.

What you need

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey

How to make it

  • Blend all the ingredients in your chosen processor until combined, and enjoy!

BONUS RECIPE: Jack O’Lantern Stuffed Peppers with Minced Beef

This recipe serves as a great starter or main course for a Halloween themed dinner party. Serve with whole wheat tortillas as a side dish, or with a kale and quinoa salad!

What you need

  • 4 orange bell peppers
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder
  • 450g lean minced beef (you can also use turkey, chicken or Quorn mince for this recipe)
  • 1 cup cooked rice (choose brown rice for a guilt-free option, or any grain of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese of your choice

How to make it

  • Preheat fan oven to 160° (preheat conventional ovens to 180°)
  • Cut off (and reserve) the top of each pepper. Remove and discard the cores and seeds. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a Jack O’Lantern face into each pepper. Drizzle the inside of each pepper with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Place the peppers upright in a large baking dish along with the pepper tops.
  • Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick pan. Sauté onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and sauté until browned and cooked through, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Turn off the heat and drain the fat.
  • Return pan to stovetop over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in the chilli powder. Add the canned tomatoes, 1/2 cup chicken stock, cooked rice and 3/4 cup of cheese. Stir until the mixture is evenly combined.
  • Divide rice and beef mixture between the hollowed out peppers. Top with cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the peppers are desired tenderness and the cheese is melted. Replace pepper tops and serve!

Who said Halloween couldn’t be healthy?

Although it’s ok to treat yourself with sweets treats once in a while, it can be tempting to overdo it during Halloween due to the sheer amount of sweets that are around. Adding a few of the recipes to your kitchen spread will ensure that snacking doesn’t turn into a bad habit.