As well as fancy dress and pumpkins, Halloween is encased in chocolates and sweets — not ideal when trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. But if you’re throwing the children a Halloween party or getting stock ready for endless trick or treaters, there is a way to reduce temptation.
This is the Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club trick or treat: what looks like a spooky treat, is actually quite healthy, so really it’s a great trick. Get it? So it means the children are sufficiently spooked while you stay on track with your healthy programme. Plus, the children get lots of healthy snacks too.
Concoct several of these creepy creations and it will create a fabulously frightening effect.
Even those who don’t enjoy cooking can pull this one out the bag. Get some small thin carrots and a tub of houmous and create a witching hand effect so it appears someone is reaching out to grab you.
GHOSTLY GAULS AND PUMPKIN FOOLS
Fruit is the order of the day with these clever little creations. Firstly, cut some bananas in half and stand them on end, then add either some chocolate chips or red grapes (depends how generous or healthy you’re feeling) to create a ghostly-looking figure.
Creatively make clemetines look like pumpkins by peeling off the rind and adding a short piece of celery in the top. Or leave them unpeeled and simply draw on frightening faces with a black marker.
Cut an apple into several wedges and within that wedge, cut out another smaller wedge. Fill the gap with peanut or almond butter, and use some almond flakes to create the effect of teeth. Anyone for a bite?
Melt some white chocolate (we know dark chocolate is a healthier option, but for ghostly effect we will let you off). Dip the strawberries into the melted white chocolate and place on a tray. Add chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth, and refrigerate until set.
SWEET POTATO PUMKINS
Cut some sweet potatoes into thin slices and use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter or a sharp knife to create pumkin face slices. Par boil for a few minutes, until slightly tender, then place on a baking tray and grill until golden.
Extend your pumpkin-carving skills to new ventures, with this creative watermelon idea.
Remove the insides of the watermelon and cut into cubes, along with a selection of other tasty fruits of your choice. Carve a suitably scary and gruesome mouth, decorate with some eyes and place your sickly melon cubes for effect.
Have your cake and eat it!
Want healthy baking ideas? Learn how to bake homemade cakes that won’t send your calorie count off track. Plus, discover a healthy substitute for sugar and chocolate! With our healthy baking guide, you can make your cakes and enjoy eating them too, all while losing weight!