Frightfully Delicious Healthy Halloween Treats
Halloween is around the corner, but do not fear, because you can still enjoy the festivities and stay true to your healthy eating regimen.
This month we're bringing you some freakishly healthy and delicious Halloween treats that you can make at home, provided by our expert guest contributors Jenn Sbranti and Melissa Halas-Liang.
Reduced-fat Smoky Cheddar Tombstone Sandwiches
Yield: approx. 24 finger sandwiches
Serving size: 1 finger sandwich
- 4 oz. light cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup low fat mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. (4 packets) NECTRESSE® Natural No Calorie Sweetener
- 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
- 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded smoked Gouda cheese
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
- Firm whole wheat or dark rye bread slices
- Tombstone-shaped cookie cutter or sharp knife
Finely chopped toasted pecans
2 oz. light cream cheese
- In a small bowl, combine 4 oz. light cream cheese, mayonnaise, paprika, salt and NECTRESSE® Natural No Calorie Sweetener. Stir until well-blended.
- In a larger bowl, mix cheddar cheese, Gouda and sun-dried tomatoes. Add in the cream cheese mixture and stir until well-combined.
- To make the sandwiches, use a tombstone cookie cutter or a knife to trim bread into small tombstone shapes. Spread the filling mixture on half of the bread tombstones, and then top with the rest of the tombstones.
Optional garnish: spread the sides of the sandwich with a very light layer of cream cheese, and roll in finely chopped pecans.
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 8 fl. oz
- 16 fl. oz pomegranate juice
- 48 fl. oz black cherry seltzer
- 2 Tbsp. (12 packets) NECTRESSE® Natural No Calorie Sweetener
- 1 Tbsp. lime juice
- Canned lychee fruit, drained
- Red raspberry preserves
- Combine all drink ingredients into a pitcher or punch bowl.
- Stir until combined.
- Serve over ice.
- Dry the lychee fruit and fill the cavities with preserves.
- Insert a blueberry, blossom end facing out.
- Spear with a toothpick or cocktail skewer.
The Monster Mash
Ratio of ingredients – Use 2 parts puffed wheat to 1 part all other ingredients
- Puffed wheat or puffed rice – choose a brand with < 6 grams of sugar per serving
- Chopped dried apricots
- Honey roasted peanuts
- Dried cranberries
- Gather the kids to help collect ingredients, measuring cups and mixing bowl.
- Cut dried apricots – young children can use a plastic knife for cutting.
- (Optional) Just for fun, have kids mash raisins, dried cranberries and apricots with clean hands.
- Mix puffed wheat or puffed rice with all ingredients into a serving bowl.
About our Guest Contributors:
"When serving anything from dipping sauce to candy, Halloween is the perfect time to incorporate an element of surprise! Insert plastic hands into serving dishes before filling them – so that it looks like the hands are reaching up and through the bottom of the bowl or tray – but give the haunted hand a fun manicure or witty sign to 'hold' for a playful and unexpected twist on spooky."
"Think beyond candy! One study showed when kids between the ages of 3 and 14 were offered either candy or a toy – they were just as likely to choose a toy. So don't rule out offering stickers, pencils, scary erasers, parachute men – or other little fun toys! Even spooky-shaped pretzel snack bags are popular."
Melissa Halas-Liang is a nationally recognized nutrition educator, registered dietitian, founder of SuperKids Nutrition, certified diabetes educator and wellness expert. Visit her on http://melissashealthyliving.com.