4 Easy + Healthy Meal Ideas For Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner which means your kids are going to have junk food by the literal bucketful at their disposal. It is possible, though, to let your family indulge in some festive treats without all that sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Whether you need to plan a classroom party or want to host a spooky soiree at home with appetizers, these ideas may offer up healthier swaps for your guests.

Healthy Halloween Meal Ideas

Here are some easy alternatives to candy bars and other sugary snacks to give your family this Halloween season:

Candy Apples: You might not think that apples coated in chocolate or other forms of candy are the healthiest alternative to candy bars. Candied apples encourages your kids to eat their fruit in a fun and festive way. Instead of just coating the apples in caramel, consider dipping them in a low-fat and low-sugar candy, such as cinnamon candy. This will give them a sweet and attractive treat that is both festive and and healthy. You can also involve your family as you dip them together and add toppings like sliced almonds or shredded coconut.

 

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit: Apples aren’t the only fruit that can make for a delicious your Halloween-themed snack. Try some chocolate-dipped fruit this month. Orange slices combined with dark or milk chocolate will get you in the mood with its orange and black appearance. Just melt the chocolate, then dip a small part of the orange slice into the chocolate, and place on wax paper to harden.

 

Jack-O-Lantern Grilled Cheese: If you are looking for a spooky snack for the kids, try some Halloween-themed grilled cheese. Start with whole wheat or whole grain bread, and cut the slices with a Jack-O-Lantern  cookie cutter. Cook your grilled cheese sandwich as you normally would, and serve your kids a fun and healthy meal. Add veggies to your sandwich for an extra pack of protein. Baby spinach, tomatoes, and green and red bell peppers are excellent options!

 

Pumpkin Biscuits: Want a healthy alternative with a fall twist? Try using pumpkin butter as a substitute  in your next recipe. Your biscuits still come out fluffy and flavorful, but they will have less saturated fat and calories. Try sprinkling in some nutmeg or cinnamon for added seasoning. You won’t even need to add more butter to them when they are done, since there is plenty of seasoning with them on their own.

 

Fall Smoothies: Combine ice, pumpkin puree, milk and/or yogurt, a dash of pumpkin spice, and finish it off with a sprinkle of cinnamon. This pumpkin flavored smoothie is best  as a snack or a meal replacement. Enjoy it ice cold and blended to your desired consistency.

 

Candy Corn Fruit Cups: Combine orange and yellow fruit for a simple snack. Layer your orange fruit on the bottom of a mason jar and then add yellow fruit. Think oranges, pineapples, melon. Top with whipped cream.
Whether you need to host friends or family members, these clever ideas can help you serve seasonal snacks that aren’t full of added sugar. 

4 INGREDIENTS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR PROTEIN SHAKE

It taste like Reese's Peanut Butter #proteinshake #chocolateforbreakfast @eas

Having a protein shake is part of my morning like brushing my teeth (well besides coffee). When I first started my journey to get healthy, I wasn’t sure if I could hack drinking a protein shake all the time.

All of the protein shakes, no matter how expensive or cheap you can still taste the protein.  I am a Chocolate person and personally would rather have cookies and cake for breakfast but because I know I will gain tons of weight— well that’s not an option!

When I first starting losing weight I strictly did a protein shake or smoothie in the morning. I tried so many different powder proteins, that I have actually donated some to the gym I go to! I learned very quickly to make everything my own and get creative. These 4 ingredients will change your protein shake and your life, just be mindful that some ingredients will increase your calories in your protein shake.

Add Peanut Butter Powder Add a scope of Peanut Butter Powder. 2 Tbsp of powder peanut butter is only 45 calories compared to your Jiffy which is 190 calories!

Add 1/2 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk- With every protein mixture it tells you to add water. They suggest water because adding other liquids like Almond milk will increase the calorie intake. This is true so cute the calorie in half by add 1/2 cup! The vanilla almond milk will add another taste!

Add Fruit- This will also increase the calorie intake but I am a big fan of adding fruit. Adding a half of banana makes it taste like a chocolate, banana milk shake!

Add Iced Coffee- Instead of the almond milk or water add the Iced coffee! I love the Starbucks Iced coffee and sometimes you just need a pick me up! Super delicious!

There are so many options you can add to your protein shake. Shake it up a little!

What do you add to your protein shake? I want to hear from you!

 

4 Ingredients That Will Change Your Protein Shake

Join A Co-op

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Want to eat fresh & local?Join a co-op! This is such a great way to do both and save money all in one.

I have been doing a Co-op for about a month now and I’m not sure what I would do if I didn’t have it in my life. I knew when I heard about this group I had to take advantage of this because lets be honest I would be dumb to let this pass me up. I not only work full time, but I am a mom of 2 and a blogger on the side so I had to find something that works for me and my family.

Being a member of a co-op is only good! There are so many benefits to being in a cooperative group so I broke it down to 4 reason why you shouldn’t let this pass you!

 




  1. Veggies with every meal. Being apart of a co-op has mad me incorporate more veggies and fruits in my meals. I find myself cooking with all of my veggies and creating different meals with the veggies that I have in my refrigerator.  I feel like I have to cook every veggie in my refrigerator  because in a co-op you get so much veggies and fruits that you feel bad if they go bad.
  2. Keep it local. The veggies and fruits are usually grown by local farmers, which makes it that much better. I am all about supporting small businesses and shopping local to keep the money in my community.
  3. Saving money. I get an entire basket of fruits and veggies for only $20. If you have been to the grocery store lately then you know how cheap that is because I probably spend $40 a week just on my morning smoothie stuff.
  4. Healthy family. I not only make my 8 month old baby food with the fresh fruits and veggies but I also google different creative recipes that my picky 3 year old will eat. He loves pizza so I cut up all of the veggies and made a veggie pizza and on the side we had a salad! That’s a win in my house. My husband even complimented me on how I am using the co-op to make our family that much more healthier.

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If you are looking for a co-op to join in the midlands area (South Carolina)  there are two great co-ops that I know of. If you are not in my area google a co-op in your area or search on Facebook.

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A special thank you to Brittany Harrison Broxton and Darcy Hollingsworth for putting this group together and sending out reminders everytime it’s co-op week!