Ghoulishly Healthy Halloween Snacks
No trick: These treats will help scare candy cravings away
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
It's Halloween week, and that candy you've bought to be prepared for the kids is slowly devouring your best intentions. What can do you to fight off those ghastly urges? Give yourself permission to eat something healthy that's still in the spirit of the day.
Here are four yummy "treats" that will help "trick" your taste buds and satisfy even the most diehard lover of Halloween.
Pumpkin Cracker Snacks
10 reduced-fat wheat crackers (reduced-fat Triscuits can also be used)
Makes 5 servings (2 crackers each)
Per serving: 96 calories, 8 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 1 g fiber, 250 mg sodium.
Trick or Treat Trail Mix
This is a great snack if you are on the go on Halloween afternoon.
1 cup of pretzel sticks or mini pretzel twists
Makes 9 (1/2 cup) bags
Per serving: 213 calories, 6 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 2.5 g fiber, 227 mg sodium.
Monster Fingers and Green Goblin Goo
1 cup baby carrots
Makes 6 servings
Per serving: 95 calories, 3 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, 5.5 g fat, 3 g fiber, 216 mg sodium.
Spooky Sandwich Bites
Use an assortment of Halloween cookie cutters, white and wheat bread, and the two types of sandwich spreads below to make a plate of spooky sandwich bites. I like to use leftover BBQ chicken breasts for the chicken spread.Roasted Chicken Spread:
2 roasted chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cut into small pieces
8 ounces reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded or grated
One spread recipe makes about 12 mini sandwiches.
Per 3 roasted chicken spread mini sandwiches: 259 calories, 21 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate, 3.5 g fat, 3 g fiber, 474 mg sodium.
Per 3 cheese spread mini sandwiches: 356 calories, 29 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat, 3.5 g fiber, 870 mg sodium.
Originally published Oct. 24, 2003
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