Healthy Halloween Integrative Health and Wellness

Halloween is a time for spooky fun. It’s a time for costume parties. It’s a time for tricks and it’s a time for treats…healthy no sugar, no dairy, no gluten treats that is! We’ve put together a list of recipes that celebrate the spirit of Halloween, keep your wellness goals in check, will impress your scare seeking friends and are most of all healthy and delicious.

Baked Apple Chips
Simple and scary good, this easy recipe is perfect a perfect snack for any Hallow’s Eve get together.


  • 2 apples
  • Cinnamon

Remove apple core. Thinly slice the entire apple. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place apple slices on it. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake at 275 degrees for two hours. At the end of hour one flip them over so they bake evenly. (Recipe from

Sriracha Popcorn
Looking to spice up your Halloween with bold flavors? Or, are you looking for a snack to distract you from watching Halloween with your friends? Even Michael Myers would stop in his tracks for this fun take on popcorn.


  • 1 large brown paper lunch bag
  • 1/2 C. popcorn kernels
  • 1 1/2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 T. Sriracha
1/4 t. salt

Put the kernels in the lunch bag and fold the top down two times. Place in the microwave on its side and cook on high for 3 minutes and 45 seconds depending on your microwave. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, Sriracha and salt. When the popcorn is done, immediately pour into a large bowl and drizzle on the Sriracha mixture while tossing the popcorn with a large spoon. (Recipe from

Ben’s Monster Mash
Who’s Ben, you ask? Well, we couldn’t tell you. But, whoever he is we thank him for this creepy Halloween drink that will perfectly petrify your taste buds.


  • 3/4 cup 100% juice
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Frozen raspberries (aka monster brains)

Pour the above ingredients into a cup (you may add as many “monster brains” as you dare). Stir until applesauce and juice blend nicely. Serve in punch bowl or pour directly into scary goblets! (Recipe from

Apple Almond-Butter Bite Backs
With apple’s coming into their prime season, it’s no wonder there are two recipes that incorporate them into our list. These Apple Bite Backs look amazing and taste even better, plus they don’t actually bite.


  • Apples
  • Almond Butter
  • Jam
  • Almond Slices

First slice the apple on either side of the core, leaving 2 halves with the core free standing. Cut the halves into half slices again. Then cut a triangle middle slice out of the skin side of the apple leaving an open mouth shape. Spread the almond butter (or jam) into the mouth of the apple. Stick almond slices in as teeth! (recipe from

Spicy Fall Stew Baked in a Pumpkin
Not a snack, but definitely a treat. The presentation alone will have your guests gasping, but once they taste it? They’ll be screaming for more!


  • 1 medium onion, diced (1 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder, preferably New Mexican
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ lb. tomatillos, husked and quartered (1½ cups)
  • 1 15-oz. can hominy, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • One 3- to 4-lb. pumpkin, either sugar pie, cheese, red kuri, kabocha, or buttercup squash

Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté 7 minutes, or until softened. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and oregano, and cook 3 minutes more, or until spices darken. Add tomatillos, hominy, 1/2 cup water, and salt. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, partially covered, 10 to 12 minutes, or until tomatillos are softened. Uncover, and cook 5 minutes more to thicken stew, if necessary. Meanwhile, cut top of pumpkin around stem to make lid. Scoop out pumpkin seeds and strings. Rub inside of pumpkin with remaining 1 Tbs. oil, and sprinkle generously with salt. Fill pumpkin with stew, then top with pumpkin lid. Place on parchment-covered baking sheet and bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until pumpkin flesh is fork-tender. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Scoop stew, including pumpkin, into bowls and serve hot
(Recipe from

Apples, and pumpkins, and monster brains, oh my! Tis’ the season for Halloween treats. Let’s just keep this one healthy and well.

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