Halloween is a fantastic holiday. There’s no pressure to buy just the right gift, no cleaning or decorating, no resolutions or 100 degree picnics. It’s a day devoted to getting dressed up, scared out of your mind and filled up with candy. Well, maybe the last part isn’t the greatest idea, but how can you avoid it? One way is to serve healthier alternatives at your party. Make ’em fun, and chances are, the kids won’t even miss the junk.
Pumpkin is quite possibly the most well-known Halloween fruit. Take advantage of the orange globe’s popularity and serve Mini Pumpkin Muffins. To reduce the fat in the recipe, substitute applesauce for the oil. An additional choice of Butternut Squash Muffins will round out the (delicious) options. Stir orange food coloring into low-fat cream cheese for a yummy spread.
Black bean dip with baked tortilla chips is a great way to increase the fiber in your guests’ diets. Top it with shredded low-fat cheddar cheese for a flavorful, seasonal snack that won’t pack on the pounds.
Create a jack o’ lantern out of baby carrots, using hard boiled eggs for the eyes and green pepper strips to make the stem. Serve with low-fat ranch or spinach dip.
Slaw can be spooky! Shred carrots and purple cabbage together in this tasty, colorful side dish. (Note: cabbage is not called for in the recipe. Adjust the amount of carrots down until you’ve reached a proportion of carrots/cabbage that looks good to you.)
Pizza Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a great, fistful treat that won’t shock your waistline but will satisfy your salty taste buds with an unusual, unexpected twist.
Instead of caramel apples, slice apples and serve them with this terrific caramel dip, made with reduced fat cream cheese.
Create a snack mix using air popped popcorn, pretzels, dried apples and other fruits, and whole wheat cereal squares.
Instead of sugary sodas, offer hot apple cider or sparkling water/juice blends.
Spiced Chocolate Mousse is a delicious end to the evening that won’t ruin your diet.
With just a few minimal changes, you can have a Halloween party that won’t leave you feeling scared to look at the scale in the morning!
October 24th, 2011