Healthy Halloween Treats

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By Curves

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Halloween is notorious for sugary sweets and snacks, but don’t be scared! We have several recipes to help you maintain your diet and stay on track but still stay in that “Spooky Halloween” mood. Here are four recipes that are perfect not only for trick-or-treaters, but also for Curves bake sales and Halloween parties being held in your local club!

 

Vampire Hummus

Crammed full of garlic and its superfood properties, this tasty hummus will keep the vampires (and cold and flu) at bay!

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • Olive oil for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Carrot sticks, peppers etc for dipping

Directions

  1. Let the chickpeas soak in water for at least 1-3 hours, for best results, leave overnight. The longer you soak them, the less time you need to cook them.
  2. Boil the chickpeas for 45 minutes to an hour or until soft.  
  3. Drain the chickpeas and add them along with the tahini, garlic, lemon juice and salt to food processor. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil. Have a tray of fresh carrots, bell peppers and other bright, Halloween coloured vegetables available for dipping. 

 

Bitesize Peanut Butter Apple Sticks

A healthier alternative to classic candy apples, make your own peanut butter at home to enjoy post-Halloween too.

Ingredients

  • 250 grams of roasted whole peanuts
  • Green or red apples
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Brown sugar

Directions

  1. Take your peanuts, pop them in a blender and blend until it’s a fine powder.
  2. Continue blending until the natural nut oils appear and the mixture starts to become smoother.
  3. Add in a pinch of salt, a little more than a pinch of brown sugar and a tablespoon of peanut or other oil and puree till smooth.
  4. Put your homemade peanut butter in an air tight container and leave until cool.
  5. Cut the apples in half, then into finger like strips.
  6. Serve with the peanut butter.

 

Witches Cauldron Soup

A hearty and healthy pea-based soup, in one of our favourite shades of the season!

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 large potato or 2 smaller potatoes
  • 300 grams peas, fresh or frozen
  • 700ml vegetable broth or water with vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Peel and finely dice onion and garlic cloves.
  2. Peel and dice potato(es).
  3. Heat a table spoon of vegetable oil in a pot, then add garlic and onion, stirring occasionally. Gently fry until translucent.
  4. Add diced potatoes and peas, pour over with vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Leave to simmer on low for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes and peas are soft.
  6. Remove from the heat and blend until smooth in a blender.
  7. Pour soup into bowls (or cauldrons!) and serve.

 

Stuffed Jack-O-Lanterns

Have some fun carving out scary faces in these mini pumpkin-style stuffed bell pepper pots!

Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers in a mix of orange and green
  • Pasta, rice, risotto (optional)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180° or gas mark 4
  2. Begin to cook your chosen filling for the pepper
  3. Cut off and keep the top of each pepper. Remove and discard the cores and seeds. Using a sharp knife, carve a Jack-O-Lantern face into each pepper.
  4. Drizzle the inside of each pepper with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Stuff the pepper with your chosen filling and place the peppers upright in a large baking dish along with the pepper tops.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender.
  7. Serve hot or cold

 

For more advice and information on healthy living, please contact your nearest Curves club or book your free consultation now!

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