5 Super Cute Halloween Recipes

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Can you believe it? Halloween is right around the corner. Even though my three kids are older now (14, 16 and 18), we still LOVE Halloween and are always looking for the latest, greatest easy and cute recipe to wow friends and family. I am starting my search early this year, and I found these 5 super cute Halloween recipes. Which is your favorite? I love them all!

Strawberry Ghosts from Candiquik

Spooky Boo Brownies

Spooky Boo Brownies via Betty Crocker

Halloween Pudding Cups

Halloween Pudding Cups via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

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Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies via Moms and Munchkins

Turkey Eyeball PIzza

Turkey Eyeball Pizza via Ingredients Inc

Halloween Cake Pops

Halloween Cake Pops

Take a break from the store bought sweets this Halloween and create your own festive dessert. Treat guests to Halloween Cake Pops, which are made using a homemade Pumpkin Spiced Bread recipe that is made with tofu. Simply combine pumpkin spice, flour and vanilla with House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu to create a lighter, healthier Halloween dessert. Next, melt the candy coating to create the icing for the cake pops. Then decorate with friendly jack-o-lanterns, scary ghosts, mummies and tombstones. Try something healthier this Halloween!

Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls

Pistachio Bite Popcorn Balls

Halloween is almost here and you know what that means…spooky fun, costumes, family, friends, and lots of treats! In celebration of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to share these fabulous treats by Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of Spork Foods. They have created a delicious Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls recipe that are easy to make and perfect for Halloween! This recipe is nutritious, gluten free, vegan, and something you will want to make all year long. These popcorn balls use Pistachio Chewy Bites from Setton Farms which have 7 grams of protein per serving and are made with agave nectar. My kids loved these, but these are fabulous for adults too!

 

11 Halloween Recipes and Ideas

Yay! Halloween is this week. We were busy yesterday carving our pumpkins which got me in the mood! Here are 11 fabulous Halloween recipes and ideas starting with my Turkey Eyeball Spiderweb Pizza. Be safe and have a great week!

Bloody Mary Shooters via Pottery Barn

Easy Ghost Cookies by Candiquick

Salty Sweet Pretzel Toffee by Created by Diane

Witches Hats by Momables

Candy Corn Layered Halloween Sipper by Boulder Locavore

Two Ingredient Witches Brooms via The Kitchen Magpie

Candy Apple Punch from Cooking Light

Halloween Hot Cocoa from Family Fresh Meals

Halloween potion Drink Prinatables from The Hostess with the Mostess Blog

Halloween Treat Bag from The Flair Exchange

7 Healthy Halloween Tips

Who is ready for Halloween? I did my monthly radio show this week WMJJ Magic 96.5 FM Radio on “Healthy Halloween Eating Tips”, and I mentioned this recipe for Halloween Caramel Corn. It makes a great party, snack or dessert idea just in time for Halloween. I am so excited to have had the opportunity to get Oprah Winfrey’s trainer, Bob Greene to share some of his top healthy Halloween tips. Bob Greene, founder of TheBestLife.comoffers a few helpful hints for having a happy and healthy Halloween, and starting the holiday season off on the right foot. We all need this right?  “The key to enjoying Halloween is to have a plan of action beforehand,” says Greene. Here are his top 7 healthy Halloween tips:

1. Delay candy shopping: If you have bags of candy lying around your home for weeks before the holiday, you will start to dip into them. Stores will have plenty of candy to sell, even the day before Halloween so make this the last thing you do for the holiday

2. Opt for lower calorie treats: When you do shop, consider getting hard candy, such as small lollipops, which have fewer calories than gooey chocolate and caramel treats.

3. Buy your least favorite candy. If there’s a type of sweet you can’t stand, make that your candy of choice for treat-or-treaters. That way, you won’t be tempted to taste.

4. Eat before trick-or-treating: You will need the energy to take your kids around anyway, so you may as well have a healthy meal before heading out. If you’re feeling full, you’ll be less likely to sample all the sweets.

5. Don’t neglect your workouts: It’s fine to enjoy a little candy on Halloween, but don’t forget to sneak in a workout. Try to add an extra 15 minutes to your sweat session to help offset the calorie splurge.

6. Partner with other families: Find other like-minded moms and dads in your neighborhood who want to offer healthier options and make those homes your designated trick-or-treat spots.

7. Go bobbing for apples: Apples are high in fiber, plus they contain quercetin, which has cancer-fighting properties.

About Best Life 

Best Life is a company devoted to helping you become your healthiest. Its popular online weight loss plan, TheBestLife.com, based on Bob Greene’s best-selling The Best Life Diet, is focused on helping individuals create their best life and encouraging them to enjoy it each and every day. Behind all of our advice is the belief that losing weight shouldn’t be about counting calories or deprivation, eating nutritiously shouldn’t require sacrificing taste, and living healthfully shouldn’t be a chore. Rather, living your best life involves making smart choices that fit into your lifestyle. It’s about taking pleasure in eating foods that taste good and are good for you. Ultimately, it’s a way of living that brings more joy and satisfaction to your life.

Fun and Creative Halloween Ideas

My kids started school earlier this year (in mid August), and I was amazed while driving carpool the first week that one of the children in my car asked my son, “What are you going to be for Halloween this year.” Halloween seemed so far away, but as the weeks have been going by, I have started seeing pumpkins on doorsteps and even decorations going up. The other day, I had a friend ask me to suggest some Halloween recipe ideas for her Halloween party she’s planning. I offered a few ideas that I saw online, and I thought I would share them. Fall is honestly my favorite time of year, so I hope these creations will get you fired up about Halloween this year. These Spider Petit Fours (above) are from the talented, Amanda, from “I am Baker”. I can’t wait to make them!

Halloween Candy from One Charming Party

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins by Bakingdom

Halloween Snack Mix by Munchkin Munchies

Wicked Witch Cupcakes by Martha Stewart Chocolate

Candy Corn Truffles from My Recipes and Sunset Magazine

Spider Cupcakes from Bakerella

Pumpkin Beverage Cooler idea from Southern Living

Iron Chef in Training: My Cooking Class with Lillian

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Yesterday, I had so much fun with Lillian! I was asked to do a private one-on-one cooking class for Lillian, an incredibly talented second grader for one of her birthday presents. She has a passion for cooking, and wow was she fabulous! I tailored the class specifically for her, and we made an array of healthy snacks, desserts and she even decorated these awesome cupcakes for Halloween. We set up the food for a photo-shoot, just like I do on the set with national food magazines, such as Southern Living. We prop-styled, food styled and critiqued the photos. If you’re interested in this type of class for your child, parent-child, groups of four, college age, newlyweds or yourself, contact me for more information.IMG_2602