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21 HEALTHY Halloween Recipes for Kids and Adults

Halloween can be a tricky time to eat healthy.  With candy absolutely everywhere and parties full of delicious treats it can be easy to not make the best food choices and to go overboard.  To help you and your waist line get through these troubling times I put together a list of 21 great Halloween treats to bring to parties or make for the kids!  I hope you enjoy!

 

Candy Corn Snack from Family Fresh Meals

Healthy Halloween Snack Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail - Family Fresh Meals

Pretzel Brooms by Cocinando con catman

 Escobas de Bruja de Queso. Receta

Carrot Finger Food by Chicanol

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Stuffed Jack-O-Lanterns by Healthful Pursuit

Halloween Hummus Plate by POP Sugar

Honeydew Bats from Shaken Together Life

Honeydew bats at shakentogetherlife.com #shop

Monster Sandwiches from Jens Own Road

 

Veggie Pumpkin from Siriously Delicious

 

Halloween 5 Layer Dip by Stylishly Ever After

Apple Monsters from Cute Food for Kids

 

Orange Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Bowls by Frugal Coupon Living

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Clementine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts from One Little Project

Clementine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts - This is such an adorable and healthy Halloween snack idea!

Halloween Pasta Salad from My Little Boob Cancer

Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad

Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries by Babble

Jack-o-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries

Frightful Fruit Kebabs from She Knows

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Crunchy Halloween Mummies from Betty Crocker

Crunchy Halloween Mummies

Carrot Rice Ball Jack-O-Lanterns by Apron Strings Blog

Rice Ball Jack o Lanterns

Other delicious ideas I found (not able to find original sources):

Evil smiles made with apple slices, peanut butter, and marshmallows

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Popcorn Hands

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Frankenstein Veggie Platters

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25 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

With fall in full swing in most places across the US, it is that time in which we all love pumpkin!  Many of you may be wondering how to fit some delicious pumpkin foods in to your diet without ruining your macros or calories.   So I put together a list of 25 great HEALTHY recipes I found that aren’t loaded with oil or sugar.  Hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Vanilla Whipped Cream from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Vanilla Whipped Cream recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

 

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake from Running with Spoons

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake -- soft, doughy, and loaded with pumpkin flavour! || runningwithspoons.com #pumpkin #oatmeal #breakfast

 

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites from The NY Melrose Family

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites Healthy Snack Idea

 

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes from Live Fit Love Food

 

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake from Brittsfit 🙂

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting by SkinnyTaste

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake Cups from Ari’s Menu

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake Cups #glutenfree

 

Pumpkin Pie Protein Chocolate Chip Fudge by Purely Twins

healthy pumpkin pie protein fudge

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Ari’s Menu

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies #vegan #glutenfree

 

Light Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse from PopSugar

 

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts from The Lemon Bowl

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts - The Lemon Bowl

 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes from Frannycakes

gluten free pumpkin spice cupcakes

 

Clean Eating Pumpkin Pie by The Gracious Pantry

Clean Eating Pumpkin Pie

Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Flourless + Secretly Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These have received RAVE reviews!

 

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip by A Night Owl

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dip - all the flavors of Autumn in one simple, super-delicious Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip. | #recipe #pumpkin

 

Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins by Southern In Law

Healthy Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins - gluten free, vegan, low fat, sugar free

 

Skinny Pumpkin Pie For One by Back For Seconds Blog

Skinny Pumpkin Pie for One by Back For Seconds #singleserving #holiday #healthy

 

60 Calorie Healthy Pumpkin Bars by Undressed Skeleton

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Pumpkin Banana Bread from Skinnytaste

 

Paleo Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Vanilla Frosting by Paleonewbie

Paleo Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon-Vanilla Frosting

 

Skinny Starbucks Pumpkin Scones by The Skinny Fork

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Pumpkin Truffles from My Whole Food Life

Pumpkin Truffles - My Whole Food Life

 

Pumpkin Baked French Toast from Chocolate Covered Katie

Pumpkin baked french toast- the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving breakfast!

 

Healthy Bacon and Pumpkin Pasta by Pinch of Yum

Healthy Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

 

Pumpkin and Fried Sage Flatbread by Foodie Crush

Pumpkin and Fried Sage Flatbread from FoodieCrush

Hope you have enjoyed this selection I put together!  There are plenty of HEALTHY ways to enjoy pumpkin this fall!

 

 

 

Apple Pie Overnight Oats!

Apple city up in here.
Apple city up in here.

Overnight Oats are one of my favorite things to make.   They are SO easy to prepare and take on the go.  I like to put them in cute jars to add to the appeal.  I know I have made a few recipes for them in the past but now that fall is here I will be sharing some recipes that are perfect for the autumn season!

Apples and apple pie instantly remind me of fall.  They are fresh, juicy and in season.  So what better way to start your day than with some HEALTHY apple pie?

You had me at hello
You had me at hello

Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Oats (NOT INSTANT)
  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla
  • 1/2 TBSP (or more!) Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Apple
  • 1/2-1 cup Greek yogurt (plain, vanilla or apple cinnamon)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix oats, milk and chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla (you can add stevia if desired).
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, layer the oats with your yogurt.  If you do plain yogurt you can add additional stevia to sweeten if desired.
  4. Cut up your apple half into cubes.  Microwave in a mug for about 30 seconds.  Or you can just leave the pieces raw if you like them crunchy rather than soft.
  5. Add apples to oat mixture.
  6. Top with additional cinnamon if desired.  You can also add cinnamon granola if you have enough carb macros in your plan.
  7. DEVOUR
Delicious AND healthy??
Delicious AND healthy??

Easy Protein Pancakes

Easy protein pancakes.  I'm in.
Easy protein pancakes?  I’m in.

After quite a long time now of eating healthy, I have tried many recipes for protein pancakes.  I have become somewhat of a connoisseur if you will.  Some are definitely better than others.  I have found that many of the recipes can be dry to the point I can barely swallow them.  Others just taste bland and boring.  While yet another negative aspect is that many of them take quite a long time to put everything together.  Then you have to cook them on low and it can take quite a while before they are ready.   That is fine if you are not in a hurry, however on days you are in a rush they usually aren’t going to cut it.

So when I heard about ProCakes premixed protein pancake mix, I was intrigued.  With this mix you only have to add milk and an egg.  I was a little skeptical at first because of many of my previous experiences but I am pretty open to new things so I decided to give them a shot.  I was offered a sample of this mix from ProCakes to try and review (unpaid) so what did I have to lose?

ProCakes pancake mix
ProCakes pancake mix

The mix calls for 1 egg and 1/3 cup milk.  I mixed the ProCakes mixture with an egg and subbed almond milk.  I bet you could probably use just egg whites too if you wanted to cut out some of the fat.  As far as cooking they were quite easy to cook compared to many recipes.  They were a breeze to flip and didn’t burn easily like many other recipes I have made (though I did burn mine a bit because I was trying to multitask while cooking and left them alone way too long 😦 )

In a few minutes, I had protein pancakes that were ready to eat!  I have to say I was very impressed with this mix.  The taste was amazing with a light, buttery type flavor.  The texture was light and fluffy and not too dense at all.  The taste of these was very comparable to “regular” pancakes.  It was quite a surprise!  I added some blueberries to one of mine as well to see how that would work and it turned out perfectly (some recipes get weird when you add fruit!).

Also, for my Celiac friends, these pancakes are GLUTEN FREE!!!

Nice and puffy!
Nice and puffy!

Did I mention these have no added sugar? NICE!

Overall I was highly impressed with these pancakes and would definitely get them again.   If you would like to try some for yourself, the website is:  http://www.procakes.com/

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Go getcha some ProCakes!

*I was sent this sample from ProCakes to give an honest review.  I was not paid to endorse the product.

Birthday Berry Overnight Oats

Quick and easy OOIAJ
Quick and easy OOIAJ

Okay, okay.  I know I post a lot of overnight oat recipes.  But they are just so simple to make and delicious to eat.  Plus, in jars they look so pretty and delectable.  For this recipe I wanted to use my Cellucor Corfetti protein powder and make something that tasted similar to a pound cake with berries and frosting.   I have to say I was rather impressed with the results of this one.

You may need to tweak the amounts of protein and add stevia as needed as everyone is different.  🙂   Feel free to improvise it as you like.  It is easy to mix it up with overnight oats as it mostly always turns out pretty well!

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Berry Cake Overnight Oats

Ingredients

1/3 Cup Oats (Not instant oats)

1 Tbsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1/2 Cup Almond Milk (Or whatever milk you use)

1 Cup Greek Yogurt ( I use plain, you can use vanilla if you like)

1/2 scoop Cellucor Corfetti Protein Powder (or other cake protein powder)

1/4 Cup Raspberries

1/4 Cup Blackberries

Stevia (Optional)

Directions

  1. Before bed, mix oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and vanilla.  Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Mix greek yogurt and protein powder.  Mix well to make it very creamy.  You can add extra stevia if you like things sweeter (highly recommend liquid vanilla stevia as it tastes amazing!).
  3. In the morning layer oats, yogurt mix and berries in your jar.
  4. Top with more berries and sprinkles.
  5. Devour this deliciousness!!
Berries for days
Berries for days

PB&J Overnight Oats

PB&J Overnight Oats
PB&J Overnight Oats

Today was quite the adventure.  I had a fun trip planned to go hike on one of Alaska’s many glaciers.  Unfortunately life had other plans.  When we arrived at the glacier (a 2 hour drive) there was no one at the admissions area so I had to call the number for the land owners.  They told me that due to the spring melt the glacier conditions were bad and that there was waist deep mud.   I have to admit I was extremely devastated because I had been wanting to come back to the glacier for 2 years.  But my friends and I made the most of it and got lots of great landscape shots and even saw some animals (bald eagles, falcons and sheep on a cliff).  Overall it was a great trip.  I think the fact that we are positive and made it into a fun time was the biggest factor.  Instead of getting upset we made the most out of it.  Positivity is 99% of having a good life in my opinion.  You can’t choose what happens to you but you CAN choose how you react!

Deliciousness
Deliciousness

Since we left early I packed my trusty overnight oats.  I went with a PB&J flavor.  The recipe is quite simple and very filling.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Oats (NOT INSTANT)
  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 1 Small Container Greek Yogurt (Or 1 Cup)
  • 1-2 TBSP Peanut Butter (OR PB2!)
  • Strawberries

Instructions

1.  In a bowl, mix oats, milk and chia seeds and vanilla.

2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

3. In the morning (can also do this part at night) mix your greek yogurt and PB.  The amount you choose is up to you based on your macro nutrient needs.  Use PB2 if you can’t do the fat in regular PB.

4.  Layer in a jar and add sliced strawberries.  You can also use real jelly if you want but I don’t really like jelly much.  Sometimes I heat up the berries in a mug and mix them with
stevia so they become jelly like which is another option you can try.

You can add Stevia to your layers if you like your oats sweeter. I prefer without though.

Hope you enjoy this easy, delicious and customizable recipe! 🙂

OOIAJ = Overnight Oats In A Jar
OOIAJ = Overnight Oats In A Jar

Banana Protein Pancakes

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I have really been feeling the protein pancakes/waffles lately.  For one thing, there are SO many different recipes.  Plus you can use a million different toppings to create different flavors so they don’t get boring!  And they are really quite filling and satisfying.  This recipe was actually really easy-which I love at 6am when I am making my first breakfast after my workout. Sadly I was not paying attention and burned mine, but they still turned out quite good.  Also, I was out of regular sprinkles so I had to use Christmas sprinkles.  Gives them quite a festive touch!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I used Cellucor Corfetti!)
  • 1 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Stevia as desired

Instructions

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl until it is fairly smooth.
  2. Mix in all of the other ingredients.
  3. Cook on a skillet or pan on LOW using coconut oil or cooking spray.  Remember banana pancakes burn easily so make them small and do not cook them on high because they will burn on the outside and still be gooey inside. 

Toppings

As usual I topped these with a mixture of greek yogurt and stevia.  I of course, had to add sprinkles to go with the cake batter theme!

Hope you enjoy these protein packed little gems.

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