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Trick or Treat? How to Have a Healthy Halloween

10.30.14

halloween collageOur mission at Shut Up & Glisten is to show you how to have fun while also being healthy. When you make your health a priority its not overwhelming, it’s simply the way you live. So, even though holidays may seem like the hardest time to be healthy, you really just have to use your creativity to celebrate a little differently. We promise you won’t become a boring party pooper. On the contrary, we’re certain you will impress all your family and friends with these healthy and fun Halloween recipes.

And just for a little extra motivation, here are some frightful statistics about Halloween candy… Statistics show that on average, people consume:

  • 7,000 calories on Halloween which is equal to 13 Big Macs
  • 3.4 pounds of candy
  • 3 cups of sugar which is equal to 220 sugar packets

You would have to trick or treat from New York to Boston to burn off what you eat for Halloween!!

Not trying to kill the fun…but we suggest filling up on some healthier snacks before gorging on the sugary stuff.

So, how could we put the words “healthy” and “Halloween” smack dab next to each other in the same sentence? We promise we’re not tricking you. You can eat all these Halloween treats without spooking your diet!

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Okay, so we know juice isn’t the first thing you might think of when you think about Halloween, but with just  little creativity it can become a favorite Halloween treat. If you have kids, get them excited by telling them you need help making a spell. Just maybe don’t tell them it’s a spell for good health. Have them help name the potions, too! We named ours Dracula Blood, Goblin Brew, and Brain Juice (because the orange drink contains turmeric which is great for your brain).

Dracula Blood: Juice 1 beet, 1 lime, 1 lemon, 1/2 pineapple, and 1 apple. Dilute with 1:1 ratio of fresh water or sparkling water and refrigerate with extra lemon and lime slices.

Goblin Brew: Juice 1/2 pineapple, 1 large cucumber, 1 lime, handful of mint. Chill before serving or pour over ice. Garnish with extra mint and lime if desired.

Brain Juice: Juice 3 oranges, 2 carrots, 1 inch piece ginger, 1/2 inch piece turmeric. Chill before serving. Garnish with orange slices, if desired.

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And who said being healthy was difficult and time consuming? This Halloween-inspired snack is so easy you can throw it together in less than 10 minutes! Buy two mini pumpkins or gourds, cut the tops off and scoop out the insides. Fill with hummus and serve with fresh cut vegetables. Feel free to make your own hummus if you want to or buy your favorite brand. I chose a garlic hummus to keep those vampires away and a roasted pepper hummus because it’s always a favorite. Also, don’t you think it kind of looks like a dragon eyeball? (See picture below.) I would like to say I planned that…but it was totally unintentional!

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Last but not least, Halloween cannot be celebrated without chocolate! These vegan chocolates are incredibly easy to make but look gourmet. You can fill them with any type of filling you can think of but I have been making them for years and have narrowed the favorites down to peanut butter, pomegranate & craisin, and raw cashew.

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Vegan Chocolates
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Raw
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • ½ cup agave
  • ¾ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • For fillings:
  • Peanut Butter
  • Craisins and Pomegranate Seeds
  • Raw Cashews
Instructions
  1. Blend cocoa, agave, coconut oil, vanilla, and sea salt in a blender until emulsified.
  2. Line muffin tin with mini muffin liners.
  3. Using a tablespoon, pour enough chocolate into each of the muffin liners to fill ⅓ of the way.
  4. Place in freezer for 5 minutes until hardened.
  5. Fill chocolates with your choice of peanut butter, craisins and pomegranite seeds, or cashews.
  6. Cover filling with remaining chocolate and place in the freezer for 5 more minutes.
  7. Serve immediately or keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

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Wishing you a very healthy and happy Halloween!

XO, The Glisten Girls


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