Two weeks from today, it will be Halloween 2015. And despite all the goblins, ghosts and ghouls, the scariest part of this particular holiday is often the outrageous amount of sugar and candy we all consume on this one night each year. Research shows that 4% of all the candy consumed in the U.S. gets eaten on Halloween night, making the contents of your average trick-or-treater’s goodie bag equivalent to roughly 4,800 calories and 3 cups of sugar.
We don’t raise this topic because we’re trying to be complete buzzkills. We understand that on Halloween, the desire—nay, the right—to enjoy a little sweet life beats stronger in the hearts of little ones (not to mention more than a few big ones.) This is why we’re happy to share three lip-smacking, easy-to-make, and most importantly, kid-friendly Halloween sweet treats that will let everyone enjoy the holiday while avoiding some of that processed sugar. Created by Chef Anthony Stewart, Executive Chef at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, they’re a solid bet for luring your little monsters away from their candy bags, if only for a spell.
Candy Corn Fruit Cup
- 2 cups mango cubes
- 2 cups clementine segments
- 2 cups fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
Top with zest of clementine.
Chocolate Jack O’ Lantern
Servings: 5 half-cup servings
- 1/4 cup water cold
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1/4 cup Splenda granulated
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 12 ounces tofu silken, extra-firm
- In a medium saucepan, add water and warm over low heat, bringing to a low simmer.
- Add cocoa powder to saucepan, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes a fudge-like consistency.
- Remove from heat.
- Add Splenda to fudge, mixing well. Add vanilla extract, mixing well.
- In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add tofu and chocolate fudge mixture. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Pritikin Halloween Kabobs
Perhaps the easiest of all! Simply skewer cantaloupe cubes and blackberries. So easy for kids to pick up and snack on!