Halloween is upon us and that means candy, candy and more candy! The sugary treats are in abundance and to be enjoyed, but that doesn’t mean all treats have to be unhealthy and loaded with sugar.
Today we wanted to trick your taste buds with these delicious treats that won’t scare your waistline!
They are as fun to make as they are to eat! Each one is quick and easy and guaranteed to bring spooktacular results!
Cheesy Colby Jack-O-Lanterns
Carve out some time to enjoy these cheesy Colby Jack-o’-lanterns. This fun twist on grilled cheese provides a filling meal for you and are sure to bring a smile to the faces of children of all ages — so festive and fun they won’t even notice the healthy whole grains!
You’ll need: 4 whole-wheat sandwich thins, 2 teaspoons butter or margarine, 1 (8-ounce) block of Colby Jack cheese, sliced
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Split four sandwich thins in half (so you have 8 slices) and butter one side of 4 of the slices. Lay butter side down on a baking sheet and layer Colby Jack cheese on them. Cut out jack-o’-lantern faces on the other 4 slices, then butter one side and lay butter side down on baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and place jack o’-lantern faces on top of the sandwiches.
Pizza doesn’t have to be a horrifying meal — made with whole-wheat pizza dough and reduced-fat or skim cheese, it’s a healthy treat! The “cheese ghosts” provide instant portion control, so your family can enjoy the gooey goodness they love, while cutting back on fat and calories.
You’ll need: 1 package whole-wheat pizza dough, 1 cup pizza sauce, 1 block reduced-fat or skim mozzarella cheese or any cheese of your choice, sliced, Black olives, chopped
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out pizza dough into desired shape and place on baking sheet or pizza stone. Spread pizza sauce on top and bake for 10 minutes. While pizza is baking, use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to cut ghosts from the cheese of your choice. Remove pizza from oven, arrange cheese ghosts on top with olive slices for eyes, and return to the oven for 5 minutes (or until cheese has melted).
Directions: Take unpeeled clementines and get creative by drawing on pumpkin faces with a black sharpie. Cute enough to leave out as decorations, as well! 🙂
Spiders on a Log
This classic gets a creepy crawly twist for Halloween. You will gobble down this protein-packed snack so fast you’ll think the spiders carried them off the table!
You’ll need: Celery sticks, Natural peanut butter, Plastic spiders
Directions: Slice celery sticks crosswise. Fill each stick with peanut butter and arrange on a platter. Have fun decorating the snack with plastic spiders … just be sure to remove them before digging in!
Jack O’Lantern Oranges and Banana Boo Ghosts
For the Jack O’Lantern Pumpkins: Peel oranges. Wash and trim celery stalks. Cut celery into long stem-size pieces. Push a celery stem down onto the top of each orange and WAHLAH! Cute pumpkin treats that will make your dentist love you!
For the Banana Boo Ghosts: Cut banana in half and add dark chocolate chips to make scary face! Sure to be an instant hit, and have we mentioned so good for you, too?!
Hope you enjoyed these healthy Halloween treats! Here’s to a boo-tiful Day!
Emily, Dustin and the Get Fit Now Team