Don’t be spooked by a diet this Halloween with these tasty, fall-inspired treats!

Happy Halloween, everybody! Halloween is one of the most fun holidays in existence, and the festivities are endless! However, if you’re trying to get in shape and lose some weight, Halloween could be quite a nightmare…and not because of ghosts! Halloween candy is unavoidable, and while a treat on the holidays is never a bad thing, a month filled with chocolate and caramels is enough to derail any diet and health plan. As a certified nutrition specialist in Leawood, both my clients and I have struggled with the endless amounts of candy, which, unfortunately, have no nutritional value.

Again, having a piece of chocolate here and there isn’t going to ruin your progress! But, for the times when you’re craving something spooky, I’ve put together a few healthy alternatives to Halloween candy!

Baked apple slices

Apples are a great alternative to candy because they satisfy those cravings for sweetness while also being packed with vitamins! Baked apple slices are delicious and easy to make. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, slice some apples, and lay them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle on some cinnamon and honey for added flavor. Cook for about 15 minutes. The kitchen will smell heavenly, too!

No-bake power bars

A power bar doesn’t seem like it could replace a chocolate bar, but if done right, it certainly can! The base to most no-bake power bars is either oats or granola—take your pick! From there, you can add seeds, nuts, honey, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and anything else! To stay in the autumn spirit, try a pumpkin pie power bar! Start with oats. Then, add some pumpkin pie filling (unsweetened!), honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and dried cranberries! The best part is, you don’t have to bake! Just put them in the fridge until they harden. Regret not included.

Sweet potato bites

Sweet potatoes are so fall—of course we’re going to use them! What’s even better is that sweet potatoes are filled with nutrients! For sweet potato bites, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Peel and slice the potato into pieces that are about ¼ inch thick. Mix together one parts maple syrup and two parts butter—there should be enough to cover each slice. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the slices and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Take out and enjoy!

 

 

Pumpkin pie ice cream bars

A healthy ice cream bar alternative? We’re in! Add a cup of pumpkin pie filling (unsweetened!) into a mixing bowl with low-fat vanilla yogurt. Feel free to use Greek yogurt for added protein! Add honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and mix! Pour the mix into paper cups, stick in some popsicle sticks, and place in freezer. In a few hours, you’ll have a delicious and healthy Halloween snack!

Healthy doesn’t have to be spooky, even if it means ditching Halloween candy for something more wholesome. If you need nutrition coaching in Leawood, contact Real Life Nutrition today! Happy Halloween, everybody!