Holidays are diet’s worst enemy. Despite the fact that they represent a joyous time for everyone, holidays also serve as an excuse for eating unhealthy food and being inactive. You can’t refuse a slice of the birthday cake and since you already broke out of your healthy diet, you might as well eat everything in sight, especially since full bellies are good indicators of successful celebrations. The gist is the same for almost all holidays, but Halloween may even be the worst with the whole trick-or-treating and getting all the free candy in the world. Now, since you can’t eliminate treats, perhaps you can try to balance out the bad food influence and prepare healthy menus inside your own home.
Sweet-and-spicy popcorn balls
A nice light Halloween snack we all know can be upgraded in a cool manner. You just need to mix fresh popcorn and pumpkin seeds and use caramel to tie it all up. You can make balls or any other shape, but balls seem to be the most practical choice. For better taste, make sure to toast the pumpkin seeds, otherwise, the dish may taste a bit bland.
A much healthier version of caramels can be made by using pumpkins for the majority of the ingredients. The base consists of a pumpkin puree and maple syrup. After you’ve made it, you can add basically anything you like. Our favorite is to add toasted pumpkin seeds, but you can add peanuts, almonds, dry fruit or anything you like.
If you’re all about healthy snacks, and yet you’d love to make them as quickly and painlessly as possible, this is the perfect recipe for you. Just grab some dried fruit, even better if you can get several kinds. Use your favorite dark chocolate and melt it down. Dip the fruit in the melted chocolate and stop halfway so you can get a playful mix of chocolate fruit and you’ll be good to go.
Mexican pumpkin punch
You can celebrate this day by using the most popular food item that marks this holiday, but for beverages, too. The foundation is, you guessed correctly, pumpkin puree. Mix it into a punch and add rum. You can garnish it with pineapple or anything you see fit or you can just hire some of the most creative catering companies and make your life easier and yourself free to enjoy the holiday without the hassle.
Squash soup in pumpkin bowls
Another cool and healthy dish definitely is soup in a pumpkin bowl. It’s both healthy and it looks awesome. You need a number of small baked pumpkins, fill them with squash soup and add toppings of your own preference. It can be anything from croutons, seeds, chopped carrots and peas to chunks of bacon. The choice is yours and it’s guaranteed to amaze all your guests.
Spider bites and brooms
A fun treat for the kids is doing something with pretzels. You can make tiny spiders by breaking the pretzels and arranging them into a spider shape, then pouring chocolate all over them to unite the incoherent mass and keep the shape and color of a real spider. There’s also a salty option. You can use the pretzel sticks as broomsticks and add strings of cheese to be the cleaning part of the broom and tie it all with celery leaves or something similar.
If you’re looking for a decorative vegan main course, a stuffed pumpkin is an excellent choice. The main idea is the same as the soup. Use small round pumpkins and fill them with all sorts of veggies. It can be carrots, broccoli, peas, beans, corn or anything you like. You can combine all your favorite veggies and add some rice, apple, pears or anything that is going to unite the mix and make it moist and just bake it all together.
All in all, making these cute little Halloween recipes is as fun as it is healthy. The kids will eat a bunch of candy, it is inevitable. However, if you try hard and make decorative and delicious healthy Halloween themed food, they’ll eat more at home and they will be too full to binge eat all the candy.