Maybe the neighborhood kids didn’t clear out your Halloween candy. Maybe grandma is still convinced she has to send you candy on every holiday. (To show her love or show up your other grandma, who knows?) Whatever the reason, the ghouls are gone and you’re left with an inadvisable amount of leftover Halloween candy.
It’s a temptation you know you should avoid, but you’re feeling snacky and it’s right there in front of you. What’s an adult to do?
Make these healthy treats instead, that’s what. Not only do they taste better than the contents of a trick or treat bag, they’re also better for you.
Veggies and hummus are a freaking delicious combination. Plus, it’s super simple to make your own hummus, so you know you’re getting the best of the best, not an over-processed mess.
A fat that’s good for you? Yes, please. This simple snack takes the creamy, healthy fat of avocado, adds a dose of garlic and sea salt and finishes it off with the je ne sais crunch of toast.
You can still enjoy a seasonal treat without subjecting your body to ghoulish candies. Instead, save the seeds from your pumpkin carving attempts and toast them with your flavoring of choice: cheese, salt, sugar and cinnamon, red pepper flakes or orange and ginger.
Smoothies are the perfect way to trick yourself into drinking your veggie servings and still treat yourself to a delicious snack. Don’t believe me? Just ask my cousin’s kids. Green smoothies are their favorite snack. On second thought, don’t ask them. No need to draw attention to the man (er, kale) behind the curtain.
Granola bars are one of those magical treats that taste amazing no matter how healthy they are. Packed with oats, honey, nuts and berries, homemade bars are so good (and simple), you’ll never want to switch back to store-bought bars again.
Honesty hour: Muffins are guilt-free cupcakes. Keep your freezer stocked with delicious orange and cranberry brownies, so you can quickly thaw and snack whenever you get a craving.
Store bought popcorn packages with a heart attack’s worth of fake butter and salt? Not a great choice. Homemade popcorn drizzled with your favorite toppings? A glamorous yet low calorie choice. You can pair tasty toasted coconut flakes with milk or white chocolate, or go dark for an antioxidant bonus.
Here’s a healthy snack search tip: Look for healthy snacks aimed at kids. Kids are picky little food snobs, so if a snack is healthy and it’s gained kid approval? Well, then you know it will taste good. Case in point: frozen blueberry yogurt bites. They’re simple to prepare, easy to store and oh-so tasty and refreshing.
No, you’re not going blind. You really did read “double fudge brownies” on a list of healthy snacks. Packed with dark chocolate (hello antioxidants!) and zucchini (hey there fiber, potassium and vitamin C!) as the secret ingredients, these brownies will make leftover Halloween candy look as appetizing as eye of newt.
Allow me to let you in on a secret: Sweet potato chips are roughly a bazillion times better than regular potato chips. Nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes aside, there’s just something about the mix of sweet and salty that really makes your taste buds sing.
Soft and chewy with the perfect hint of spice, these cookies are the answer to every snacker’s prayers. Heart healthy oatmeal plus delicious raspberries equals a healthy treat that tastes like you’re getting away with a trick.
I’ll confess, when the edamame craze first started, I avoided the things just on principle. Then I tried this garlic edamame. I could recite an epic poem about how good they are, but I’d have to stop stuffing them in my mouth to do so.
Six words: no bake, banana and peanut butter. Enough said.
Take that leftover candy to work, donate it to a club, or trash it. Just get it out of your pantry so you have room for the ingredients to make these tasty — and healthy — treats instead.