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A Healthy Twist on Halloween Treats

Halloween is one of the biggest party times for adults.  It’s also a huge party time for kids. Unfortunately, Halloween is not considered a time for good nutrition, but it should be. I have collected a few healthy ideas from around the internet to help you celebrate without sacrificing good nutrition.    These treats were well received by both adults and children in our test group.  In fact, these treats prove that it’s possible to have fun food that’s healthy, too.

http://i2.wp.com/www.simplyhealthyeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FullSizeRender_2.jpg1.  First up is a really disgusting looking ear wax covered q-tip that I found over at SimplyHealthyEats.com.  It’s made from jicama and the “ear wax” is nut butter.  While it looks disgusting, it’s surprisingly tasty.  The “gross” factor is just what was needed to get our kids to try them.

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}2.  Next up is an idea that’s too cute to resist, and it’s extremely healthy, too.  Frankenstein Kiwi from TwoHealthyKitchens.com.    Did you know that you can eat the skin on a kiwi after you rub off the fuzz?

Apple Mummies Recipe … A Healthy Halloween Treat {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}3.   This idea for Mummy Apples also comes from TwoHealthyKitchens.com.  The expression about an apple a day being good for you certainly continues to apply on Halloween, right?

leaves and a stem on an orange jack-o-lantern4.  This orange jack-o-lantern requires some work on the part of the diner.  They will have to peel it, but it looked like a fun idea.

orange pumpking and orange jack-o-lantern5.  If you don’t want your guest to have to work to eat their food, there’s always the option for a peeled orange with a celery stalk stuck int the top.  I, personally, think this works best with mandarin oranges or tangerines.   I saw the original idea over at 100 dollars a month.

Pumpkin Veggie Tray Recipe6.  How about a vegetable tray shaped like a jack-o-lantern with cute little dishes of dip for the eyes and nose.   This idea came from taste of home.

7.  This skeleton crudite is one of my favorites, but it’s always reduced to something unidentifyable within minutes of being served, so we make several when we have a large group over.   This idea came from  Feeding Frenzy.

Curried Devil's Eggs8.  A little protein goes a long way to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes, so deviled eggs make an excellent addition to your buffet table.  These came from HiCookery.com.  You may think I linked to the wrong page, but scroll down.  The devil eggs are on the bottom of the Easter Egg Post.

9.  There’s a secret to these deviled eggs from I Lived I Loved that makes them look scary.   I love the use of red to make the eyes appear bloodshot.

10.  Trying to cut down on cholesterol, try filling the center of the egg whites with guacamole like this idea from food.com.  (Sorry.  No permission to use the photo was received prior to publication.)  Follow the link and you’ll see what I mean.  A slice of ripe olive on top of the guacamole gives the appearance of an eye.

There you have it.  Ten healthy Halloween recipe ideas.  I hope you consider adding some fruits and vegetables to your Halloween Party Buffet.  It’s good for you and for your guest.  Happy Halloween.

Leave a comment to let us know what you like to have on your Halloween Buffet.

**Patti is a frequent contributor at SimplyHealthyEats.com, a website dedicated to helping people make healthy food choices.  It features recipes,  many of which are gluten and dairy free.  She can also be found at PattyCakesPantry.com where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful. 

Natural, Organic, and Gluten-Free Foods

What is the benefit of purchasing and

eating organic eggs?

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Organic Eggs

The benefit is that you are eating eggs from a flock that had access to outdoor areas and did not live in cages. That means the organic hens ate organic feed, and the crop was free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic egg farms also allow birds to go into a natural molt and are not induced. Inducing molting affects egg production.

My dad graduated from college with an agriculture degree and knew about raising chickens. He was the top poultry salesman in the company he worked for back in the ’50s in East Texas.  No wonder I grew up liking eggs for breakfast.

A couple of friends of mine raise chickens. They offer me eggs, and I gladly accept them. They get empty egg cartons in return. I prefer eating their eggs because they are organic.

Natural, Organic, and Gluten-Free

Natural, organic, and gluten-free foods are becoming more sought after by health-conscious individuals. The best way to see that your family eats natural, organic, and gluten-free foods is to plant a garden and eat the vegetables from your garden or from your local farmers market.

What does “gluten-free” mean? Free of glue seems like an easy way of understanding the term. I think about gluten as something that sticks to me that causes bloating. Not a good feeling.

Most breads have gluten, and I love bread. Whole wheat bread, bread with healthy seeds and nuts, and other healthy-looking bread seems nutritious. But since learning more about gluten, I began to pay closer attention to the ingredients in bread. Some potato breads have little or no gluten, or at least a smaller percentage of gluten listed. I’m no pro on the gluten topic, but it’s amazing to see so many foods containing gluten. It’s worth researching.

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