Battle that Halloween Candy Belly.

Halloween is in a few days and with Halloween comes endless supplies of candy. Most of us will probably be trying to rock costumes that may be a little more skimpy that our usual day to day wear. The LAST thing that you want on Halloween is a bloated belly full of candy. In order to battle the candy filled belly look in all of your Halloween pictures, check out a few of these healthy but still yummy Halloween recipes. Trust me, I love candy as much as the next person so I guarantee that my solution will not include eating an apple or just eating some pumpkin seeds. No thanks, these are festive and healthy! Enjoy!

First off, a healthy caramel apple recipe. This recipe is definitely interesting because it combines a smaller amount of caramel, almond milk, and protein powder. Perfect to eat before a long night out!

1 medium apple (variety of your choice)
2 soft caramel squares
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (a blend works best vs. pure whey)
1/4 cup water (if needed)
1 TB chopped peanuts
1 wooden stick
1 piece wax paper

How to Prepare
1. Wash and thoroughly dry apple. Insert wooden stick into the center of the top of the apple, approximately 1 in deep. Set aside.
2. Heat almond milk and caramel squares in small sauce pan. Once caramel is completely melted, remove from heat and let sit for 2 minutes.
3. Add chocolate protein powder and mix until smooth and thick.
4. Note: if coating is watery, let sit for a few more minutes until spreadable. If coating is too thick, add the ¼ cup water 1 TB at a time, until smooth and spreadable. Discard unused water.
5. Hold apple by wooden stick and roll into melted coating while at the same time smoothing over apple with a spatula until mixture is completely used and apple is fully coated.
6. Immediately roll the apple into the chopped nuts while still sticky so the nuts adhere well to the coating
7. Place the apple, top down, onto the wax paper and place in the fridge for approximately 1 hour to completely set. 8. Remove from the fridge, slice it up and …as always…enjoy! You’ve been Slim Pickinized!! YUM!

Next, a recipe for a somewhat healthier pumpkin cupcake. I can’t make magic happen and tell you that these are fat and calorie free but I mean it’s better than it could be and it seriously could not be an easier recipe. Even someone like me who only has a toaster oven and very limited resources could manage this one!

All you need is a box of spice cake mix (or yellow if you prefer) and a can of pumpkin. If you want, chocolate chips could definitely be good as well. How easy is that?

This is an easy adaptation for a super common Halloween recipe.

Get your hands on pretzel rods. All you need to do is melt dark chocolate chips and dip away and if you’re feeling festive, add some Halloween sprinkles. Make sure you have wax paper ready because these will be sticky!

Last recipe for a tried and true Halloween staple. Popcorn Balls seem to be an absolute Halloween and Fall staple. What most people don’t know is that popcorn is a very healthy snack! Marshmallows are fat free as well. This recipe could not look yummier and I might have to try it out myself!

Pumpkin Cranberry Popcorn Balls

Pop 6 cups of popcorn and put in a large bowl. Set aside. In a saucepan, place 3/4 cup marshmallows and 2 tbsp. of honey. Over low heat, stir the mixture until melted. Add 2 tbsp. of canned pumpkin and 3 tbsp. of dried cranberries. Stir until well mixed. Pour over popcorn and allow to cool for 3 or 4 minutes. Grease your hands and form the mixture into several large balls. You will be able to make six popcorn balls with this recipe.

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