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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.  First up is a really disgusting looking ear wax covered q-tip that I found over at  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 {}2.  Next up is an idea that’s too cute to resist, and it’s extremely healthy, too.  Frankenstein Kiwi from    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 {}3.   This idea for Mummy Apples also comes from  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  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  (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, 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 where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful. 

Simplifying a Healthy Lunch

For those of us who work outside of our homes, sometimes the morning challenge of putting together something to take to work  for lunch is nearly impossible.  Working mom’s who struggle with making sure their kids get out the door with everything they need often find that they took care of everyone’s needs except for their own.

The kids had a healthy breakfast and left with a nutritious lunch in their hands, but Mom often leaves the house empty handed.  Even the intention of packing a lunch the night before sometimes falls by the wayside while helping kids with homework, and ensuring that everyone is bathed and tucked in for the night.

In my household, I sometimes pack up dinner leftovers into containers that I can then take for an easy lunch that can be reheated in the break room microwave.  This is a good solution,  but what happens when there are no leftovers?

As children turn into teenagers, they begin to eat more.  It’s not uncommon for a growing boy to devour two or three servings of dinner.  No leftovers means no easy fix for lunch.  No easy lunch means either grabbing something from the vending machines, or picking up fast food.  Neither of these options is nutritionally sound, and can have negative consequences in terms of your health if it becomes a habit.

The solution in my house to have a quick and healthy lunch for each day of the week is to put together Salads in a Jar.

I can assemble the salads on Sunday evening.  By preparing all of the salads in one day, I only have to chop vegetables once.  I arrange them in the jar, varying them slightly for variety, and I have a quick lunch solution that I can grab for the next four days, and the salads have never wilted or turned brown before I ate them.

The best part is that because I made the salads myself,  I can ensure that they are made correctly to guarantee that the salad has the perfect nutritional content.

Give Salads in a Jar a try.  You’ll be glad you did.

**Patti can also be found at where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful.

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