Is the spookiest part about Halloween the amount of candy you end up eating? It can be tricky to hide from all of the treats this time of year, the zombie-like creep of caramel apples, candy corn, chocolate bars means temptation (not to mention a toothache) is lurking around every corner. But there are lots of ways to enjoy the holiday without eating a thing—put on a spooky workout playlist, rock an aerobics instructor costume, or get some steps in around the pumpkin patch! And even when it comes to food, there are so many fresh fall flavors to celebrate this time of year.
Instead of focusing on all of the treats you can’t (or simply don’t want to) eat, try these healthier snack ideas, instead. And get into the spirit with tart apples, sweet pumpkin, and cozy spices—without racking up a scary number of calories.
8 Healthy Halloween Treats
1. Apples with Greek yogurt & almond butter
Crunch into a sweet apple and taste autumn. Fitbit’s nutritionist Tracy Morris recommends packing fruit for snacks, ideally paired with protein. Whip up a quick dip with a dollop of plain nonfat yogurt and a dab of nut butter. Add a pinch of cinnamon, if you like.
2. Popcorn with turmeric & coconut
Caramel corn is a classic molar killer this time of year, but popcorn is in fact a whole grain, and with lighter toppings, it can totally be a healthy snack. Give your kernels a shimmy in aromatic coconut oil, then sprinkle the bowl with turmeric, the trending super spice, and a grind of black pepper.
3. Spiced pumpkin seeds
Trade in a handful of almonds for pumpkin seeds in October. If you’re carving jack-o’-lanterns, you could clean and roast the seeds, but pepitas, which come from different varieties of pumpkins, are meatier and may not have to be shelled. Drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with ground chile and sea salt, and toast in an oven on low until fragrant.
4. Pumpkin smoothie
Better for you than a sugary latte, a superfood smoothie unleashes the power of real pumpkin. Start with Greek yogurt, banana, and pumpkin puree. Then add the notorious spice mix—or a dash each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. If needed, sweeten with a touch of maple syrup.
5. Pumpkin energy bites
No-bake energy bites are easy to grab when you need to run screaming from the house. Make a raw dough by pureeing dates, pumpkin, pecans, or other good-for-you ingredients, like oats and seeds, and add vanilla and spices. Chill, roll into single-serving balls, and your healthy snack is in the (gym) bag.
6. Dark chocolate & almond butter cups
If you claw through candy bowls for peanut butter cups, turn over that orange wrapper for a good scare—plenty of sugar, saturated fat, and salt. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and natural nut butters are the better choice, and making your own cute mini cups at home is addictively easy.
Get the recipe for Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Cups
7. Graham crackers dipped in dark chocolate
Are you more of a cookie monster? If chocolate-covered biscuits and wafers make you lose control, try swapping them for an old-school graham cracker, dipped in a little dark chocolate. It has all of the crumble, without the candy calories.
8. Homemade chai with fresh ginger & cardamom
Chilly weather calls for cozying up to a hot drink, and homemade chai is spicy and comforting. Grate lots of fresh ginger into the pot to make it truly magical. Plus, you get protein from cow’s milk, and can add antioxidant-rich spices, like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.
Hungry for more? Get inspired with these delicious ideas and recipes.
- Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oats
- Healthy Recipe: Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Cups
- A Simple Recipe for Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea)
- 10 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.