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Looking for Halloween treats that won’t leave you in sugar-shock?  Infuse some creepiness into this year’s Halloween party with these five scary-good Halloween recipes that are actually good for you, too.  

 

 

Vampire blood.

Fill test tubes with cocktails or soup (e.g. beet juice or roasted beet soup, Bloody Mary or tomato soup, Cranberry & vodka).  All are low in calorie, and all are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

 

Mummy Fruit Pizzas by The Peacebaker

Tart made with Swerve Sugar Replacer and bean flour (including garbanzo and fava flour), with vegan cream cheese and fresh strawberries and blueberries

 

Per Serving: 290 calories, 18 grams fat, 7 grams sat fat (all plant-based), 425 mg sodium, 24 grams impact carbs, 3.5 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar, 4 grams protein  

 

Carrot Fingers adapted from Disney’s Spoonful

 

Greek yogurt dip (e.g. ranch, spinach, southwest, etc)

4 long carrots

1 medium carrot

softened cream cheese

sliced-almond

baby carrots, sliced red peppers, broccoli florets, etc for dipping

Fill bowl with your favorite Greek  yogurt dip. Wash and peel 4 long carrots for fingers and 1 medium carrot for thumb. With a paring knife, cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Then use dab of softened cream cheese to glue a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch. Stick fingers into dip to form a ‘hand’ & serve with veggies for dipping.

 

Finger Food by Disney’s Spoonful

Mozzarella string cheese

Green bell pepper

Cream cheese

Wearing plastic gloves, use a paring knife to cut each string in half and then carve a shallow area for a fingernail just below the rounded end of each half. Mark the joint right below the nail as well as the knuckle joint by carving out tiny horizontal wedges of cheese.

For the fingernails, slice a green bell pepper into 3/8-inch-wide strips. Set the strips skin side down on your work surface and trim the pulp so that it’s about half as thick. Then cut the strips into ragged-topped nail shapes and stick them in place at the ends of the fingers with dabs of cream cheese.

 

 

No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Protein Truffles
Makes 20 servings

½ cup + 2 tablespoons honey peanut butter
½ cup + 2 tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese
1 ½ tablespoons sugar-free Torani Pumpkin Pie syrup (more if desired)

1 tablespoon no-calorie sweetener of choice

3 scoops protein powder, vanilla-flavored (e.g. Designer Whey Natural Vanilla or BQuick FUEL)

Red and yellow food coloring (preferably natural brand like India Tree (available at Whole Foods)

Choice of coating, optional (e.g. coconut flakes, cocoa powder, minced toasted pumpkin seeds, etc)

In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, ricotta cheese, pumpkin pie syrup, and sweetener, mixing until blended well. Gradually add protein powder, stirring until evenly mixed.  Add food coloring until reach desired shade of orange.

Using a tablespoon, mold into balls and place onto cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Place desired coating in a small bowl, and coat truffles one at a time. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Per serving:  80 calories, 5 grams fat, 1.4 grams saturated fat, 60 mg sodium, 3 grams carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 3.5 grams sugar, 6 grams protein.