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Spooky fun and healthy treats for Halloween

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. My house is currently adorned with cat eyes, a gigantic spider, bats, and various body parts. 

Halloween would be just about perfect if not for the exploitation of candy. Approximately 598 million pounds of candy are sold during the Halloween season. Wow, if only fruit and vegetables were this popular – imagine how much healthier we all would become. Fill in your nutrition gaps this season with the following easy and healthy treats that fall in rhythm with this ghostly time of year.

Eyeballs

Place a carrot chunk upright. Spread a half teaspoon of low-fat cream cheese on top of the carrot, centered. Place a black olive slice in the center of the cream cheese to complete your tasty, edible eyeball. Try this with cucumber slices, too. 

1 “eyeball” has 40.5 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 70 milligrams of sodium, and 3.6 grams of protein.

Witches teeth

Wash, core, and quarter an apple. Cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter. Press almond slivers in place for the teeth. If desired, rub apple with lemon juice to prevent browning. Bite in and enjoy. Spread a small amount of peanut butter on some of the “teeth” for added gruesomeness.

Fingers

These “fingers” are a delicious way to sneak in some nutrition while enjoying the Halloween theme. 

Ingredients: 5 part-skim mozzarella sticks, 2 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese, half of a green pepper sliced into 10 fingernail-sized pieces. Slice the cheese sticks in half. Take your knife and make slight wedges on the cheese, to look like the folds of your finger and knuckles. Dig out about ¼ inch of cheese from the top. Place ½ teaspoon cream cheese in the ¼-inch hole. Place 1 green pepper “nail” on the top. 

Makes 12 servings. 1 “finger” has 11 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of carbohydrate, 49.2 grams sodium, 0.3 grams of protein. 

–Recipes modified from Shape magazine.

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