HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! It is a time when you can be anybody or anything you want to be for one night. October is the first month when it starts to look, smell and feel like fall. Tis the season for bonfires, Uggs, raking mounds of leaves, carving pumpkins, going apple picking and tasting EVERYTHING pumpkin flavored.
October 31st is the day that every candy manufacturer longs and waits for. Halloween is not only known for the crazy costumes, but also the crazy amount of candy consumed! Americans buy nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween. That is absurd! That is about the weight of the Empire State Building! I am sure I don't have to tell you that candy is not healthy for you. So why don't you replace some of those unhealthy treats with healthy (and still delicious) treats!
Here are a few tasty treats to add to your Halloween party that everyone will enjoy.
- 2 large carrots
- Curly-leaf parsley
- Cut carrots into coin shapes and spear in the center with a toothpick.
- Add a parcely leaf to the top of the carrot (through the toothpick), and then cut a small piece of scallion and thread it onto the toothpick to us as the pumpkin stem.
- Spread hummus on a platter, visor or tray to create the field, and arrange the pumpkins on top.
Jack -O- Lantern Fruit Cups
- Mixed Berries
Slice off the tops of the oranges, scoop out the pulp, use a paring knife to cut out jack-o-lantern faces, and fill with grapes and/or mixed berries.
Banana Ghosts and Clementine Pumpkins
- Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- Use the Dark Chocolate Chips as the ghosts eyes and the Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins as their mouths.
- Make a pumpkin patch out of peeled clementines and use a sprig of celery in the center for the stem.
Halloween Sweet Potato Wedges
- 2 Large Sweet Potatoes
- 3 Tbs Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 Tbs Cinnamon
- Scrub the sweet potatoes clean. Slice sweet potatoes into 1/4 rounds. Use mini cookie cutters to cut jack-o-lantern faces, stars, and pumpkins into the center of each sweet potato slice. Or, use a small knife and carve a mini knife and carve a mini jack-o-lantern face into the sweet potato slices.
- Place sweet potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook until tender, about 18-22 minutes.
Source: Cheeky Kitchen
Have a fun, safe and healthy Halloween!