On Halloween,candy reigns supreme— but it's far from the only treat you can serve up for your family to enjoy. Trick your taste buds with these ten delicious treats that won't scare your waistline. Kid-friendly and mom-approved, thesehauntingly healthy snacksare as fun to make as they are to eat!
2 / 11 Colby Jack O' Lanterns
Carve out some time to enjoy these cheesy Colby Jack-o'-lanterns. This fun twist on grilled cheese provides a filling meal for kids — so festive and fun they won't even notice the healthy whole grains.
You'll need: 4 whole-wheat sandwich thins, 2 teaspoons butter or margarine, 1 (8-ounce) block of Colby Jack cheese, sliced
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Split four sandwich thins in half (so you have 8 slices) and butter one side of 4 of the slices. Lay butter side down on a baking sheet and layer Colby Jack cheese on them. Cut out jack-o'-lantern faces on the other 4 slices, then butter one side and lay butter side down on baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and place jack o'-lantern faces on top of the sandwiches.
3 / 11 Haunted Pizza
Pizzadoesn't have to be a horrifying meal — made with whole-wheat pizza dough and reduced-fat or skim cheese, it's a healthy treat! The "cheese ghosts" provide instant portion control, so your family can enjoy the gooey goodness they love, while cutting back on fat and calories.
You'll need: 1 package whole-wheat pizza dough, 1 cup pizza sauce, 1 block reduced-fat or skim mozzarella cheese or any cheese of your choice, sliced, Black olives, chopped
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out pizza dough into desired shape and place on baking sheet or pizza stone. Spread pizza sauce on top and bake for 10 minutes. While pizza is baking, use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to cut ghosts from the cheese of your choice. Remove pizza from oven, arrange cheese ghosts on top with olive slices for eyes, and return to the oven for 5 minutes (or until cheese has melted).
4 / 11 Darkly Delicious Apples
Did you know that the pairing of dark chocolate andapplescreate an antioxidant-rich dynamic duo that may help protect your heart? Here's ourheart-healthyand tooth-friendly twist on traditional candied and caramel apples.
You'll need: 4 apples, Sticks, 1 cup dark-chocolate baking discs or chips, Parchment paper
Directions: Remove the apple stems and insert the sticks into the top of the apples. Melt the dark chocolate baking discs or chips in a double boiler (or just insert metal bowl into a pot of boiling water). When the chocolate has melted, slowly rotate each apple until all sides are covered in chocolate. Place on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper and set in the fridge to cool.
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