Headed to a Halloween party this weekend? Scared you’ll overindulge and end up looking more like a jack-o-lantern than a witches broom?
Bring a safe dish. Bring a dish with you that you know is healthy to munch on so that the other dishes don’t seem to tempting. This little trick works for any party/holiday/gathering, but bringing something that fits the theme can be tricky.
I searched the internet and found the healthiest, spookiest dishes for you to bring along to your Boo-bash so you can spend more time having fun than worrying about those pumpkin cookies and cocktails calling your name.
Puking Pumpkin Dip
Hollow out a small pumpkin, and carve a jack-o-lantern face. Place the pumpkin on a platter. Fill the pumpkin with a healthy, creamy dip like hummus or guacamole, and spoon some of the dip out of the Jack-o-lanterns mouth to get a puking effect. Arrange lots of fresh vegetables and pretzels around the pumpkin for dipping.
Take your left over pumpkin guts and separate the seeds from the goop. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the seeds and place them on a paper towel to dry. Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick spray, and spread out seeds in an even layer. Sprinkle with salt, or other desired spices. Bake for 10-20 minutes until crisp, turning once. Store in an airtight container.
Hollow out a few oranges by cutting a hole in the top and scooping out the insides. Fill the orange with vanilla yogurt, and serve with slices of fruit. To make a face, cut out shapes with fruit and secure with toothpicks.
Orange and Black Tray
Vibrant colored foods tend to be more healthy, so we are lucky orange is part of the Halloween color scheme. Pair healthy orange foods with black bean dip for dunking. Try: orange bell pepper slices, carrot sticks, sweet potato chips or fries, orange tomatoes, or sliced baked butternut squash.
Green Slime Smoothies
1 banana, sliced and frozen
1/2 c. frozen pineapple
1/2 c. apple, pineapple or orange juice
1/2 c. milk (almond, soy or regular)
1 large handful of spinach
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass, and serve