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16 Healthy Halloween Snacks From Around The Web

Happy October, everyone!

Just because Halloween is one of the most diet-busting holidays on the calendar, doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for nutrition. So I scoured the web for the best healthy Halloween snacks, including fruit and veggie platters, as well as heartier fare. The snacks pictured below keep the Halloween spirit alive, without sacrificing nutrition. Enjoy!

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1) Witch brooms made from pretzels & string cheese, Image via Concinada con Catman

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2) Banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins. I love this! Image via Pinterest, original source unknown

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3) Apple teeth with slivered almonds, via Allrecipes.com

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4) Veggie skeleton, image via feeding four little monkeys

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5) Ghost inspired fruit & yogurt, image via Lisa Storms

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6) Jack-O-Lantern Smoothie, image via See Vanessa Craft. Note- for a healthy orange smoothie recipe, I recommend this carrot-apple-banana smoothie or this peach pie oatmeal smoothie.

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7) Hummus with carrot fingers. Image via Pinterest, original source unknown.

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8) Hummus with carrot & parsley pumpkins. Image via Parents.com

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9) Deviled eggs with olive spiders, image via Sunset

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10) Pumpkin deviled eggs, image via Foodista

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11) Mummy dip with green veggies, image via hostess with the mostess

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12) Plum + grape spider, image via Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

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13) Adorable veggie platter presentation! Image via Pinterest, original source unknown

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14) Fruity Jack-O-Lanterns, image via Chocolate Covered Katie

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15) Easy Jack-O-Lantern Oranges, image via Under Construction blog

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16) Fruit cup Jack-O-Lanterns, image via Pimp My Dinner

For more Halloween food inspiration (yes- there’s more!), see my Pinterest board. Wondering what dips to serve with fruit and veggie platters? See my picks for healthy dips here.

Happy Halloween!

- Kelly

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Cute Summer Fruit and Veggie Platters from around the Web

Today I’ve rounded up some of the best sea-inspired fruit and veggie platters, snacks, and lunches from around the web. Late summer is one of the best times of the year for local produce, so don’t let the season slip away without concocting one of these ocean-inspired spreads. And if you are looking for healthy dips to serve alongside your produce, check out this round-up of healthy dips.

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Image via Mom Foodie

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Image via Meet the Dubiens

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Image via Make-Handmade

Shark

Image via National Watermelon Promotion Board

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Image via Spoonful

whale

Image via Fancy

For more cute summer foods, see my cute summer food Pinterest board!

- Kelly

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May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers! Here is a round up of my favorite flower themed snacks from around the web. How have you been celebrating the arrival of spring?

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Image via Tastespotting

For more cute spring food ideas, see my Cute Spring Food Pinterest page. Also, see here for spring recipes. Happy May!

- Kelly

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Easter Fruit and Veggie Platters from Around the Web

Easter is fast approaching, and of course I couldn’t let this holiday pass by without sharing my favorite Easter fruit and veggie platters from around the web. As with all of my holiday fruit and veggie platter posts, these images are meant to serve as ideas for produce presentation. While not all fruit and veggie platters presented are free of low nutritional value accompaniments, I think they are great sources of inspiration for ways to creatively present fruits and vegetables. How will you make fruits and vegetables look fresh this Easter season?

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Image via the little green bean

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Image via Land O Lakes

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Image via National Watermelon Promotion Board

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Image via Pinterest (original source unknown)

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Image via The High Heeled Hostess

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Image via Ramblings of a Handbag Designer

Hope you enjoy! For more ideas, see my Cute Spring Food Pinterest page, or my previous post on cute Easter lunches and snacks from around the web. Wondering what to serve fruits and vegetables with? See my Pinterest page on healthy dipping sauces and spreads. Happy Easter!

- Kelly

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Cute Easter lunches and snacks from around the web

Spring has sprung! While it might not look that way in Boston (I wore my snow boots today), winter is over and Easter is just around the corner. To celebrate the arrival of spring, here is a round up of the cutest (healthy) Easter snacks and lunches from around the web.

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Whole grain, please. Image via Lisa Storms

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Image via creative fun food

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Image via Alison Artisan

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Image via Pinterest (original source unknown)

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Image via Russian Report

Hope you enjoyed this roundup! For more cute spring and Easter food ideas, see my Cute Spring Food Pinterest page. Also, stay tuned for a post on Easter fruit & veggie platters.

- Kelly

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Healthy Valentine’s Day Menu

It’s almost that time of year! Instead of spoiling your loved ones with sugary treats that could lead to upset stomachs and dental carries, show them that you care by cooking some extra special, wholesome meals. Here is an entire day’s menu of healthy Valentine’s meals. The images are meant to inspire you, while the accompanying text will guide you through how to keep each meal nutritious. Enjoy!

Breakfast: Heart Shaped Pancakes

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Image 1 via More Design Please, Image 2 via a pretty cool life

You can get these lovely heart shaped pancakes by using a squeeze bottle, cookie cutters, or even a plastic sandwich baggie with a snipped off corner. Serve with fresh fruit and a protein source (such as Greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs). Make sure that you are using a whole grain pancake mix, such as one of these below.

Healthy Pancake Mixes

1) Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix, 2) Kodiak Cakes Frontier Flapjack and Waffle Mix – Whole Wheat Oat and Honey, 3) Hodgson Mill Multigrain Buttermilk Pancake Mix with Milled Flax Seed & Soy

Lunch: LOVELY Sandwiches

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Image via Lisa Storms

The possibilities with this one are endless! I love the balance with the fruits, veggies, and nuts. Just be sure to aim for a whole grain bread.

Snack: Heart Fruit Kabobs

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Image 1 via Parents.com, Image 2 via Spoonful.com

A great set of cookie cutters goes a long way! Feel free to serve with either low fat or nonfat yogurt or cottage cheese on the side.

Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup for the SOUL MATE + HEARTS of Palm Salad

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Image 1 via Recipe by Photo, Image 2 via Paula Deen

This link has a great tutorial on how to make the heart shaped carrots. For a basic chicken noodle soup recipe, start here. I also like the one in my new Ellie Krieger cookbook. Paula Deen’s Hearts of Palm Salad with strawberries and spinach looks great as is, but hearts of romaine and heart shaped veggies (such as cucumber slices) would also make for a special thematic treat.

Dessert: Healthy Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Image via the Berry

It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without something sweet. I love the look of these X’s and O’s cupcakes. Instead of sugar laden box cake mixes, try this winning Red Velvet Cake recipe from the New York Times, which includes whole grain flour, cherries, apple sauce, and beets, among other healthy ingredients. Also on my list of healthy Valentine’s Day desserts to try is this Chocolate Beet Cake with Beet Cream Cheese Icing, and these Gluten Free + Vegan Red Velvet Brownies.

For more heart shaped food inspiration, check out this page on Pinterest. What will you be making this Valentine’s Day?

- Kelly

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Merry Christmas

Christmas tree vegetable platter

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This year for Christmas eve dinner, my mom put me in charge of… (you guessed it) the vegetable tray! I used this post for inspiration. Happy holidays!

- Kelly

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5 Healthy Holiday Snacks

Did you enjoy my 12 days of Christmas fruit and veggie platters? For days when you don’t need an entire tray of holiday food, here are 5 healthy snack ideas. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them!

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image via The Diva Dish

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image via Little Nummies

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image via Shop Lasoo

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For more Christmas food inspiration, check out my Christmas food board on Pinterest. Happy holidays!

- Kelly

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12 Days of Christmas Fruit & Veggie Platters

Only 12 days left until the big day! Here is a roundup of the best fruit & veggie platters from around the web to take you all the way to Christmas. Sweet treats are handed out left and right this time of year, so nutrient dense produce is exactly what the season calls for to give your blood sugar and waistband a little break. These would also be great to bring to class parties for children, or any holiday party. My family always serves appetizers on Christmas Eve, so I hope to see an inspired platter such as one of these at our celebration.

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1. image via Roo mag

2. Image via Julia Usher

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3. Image via Little Wonders’ Days

4. Image via Ginger and Garlic

5. Image via good + happy days

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6. Image via What about Watermelon

7. Image via My Spice Sage

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8. Image via Betty Crocker

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9. Image via Wendy Copley

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10. Image via Wanna Green Bean
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11. Image via Veggie Wala

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Craving veggies yet? I hope that these images inspire you as much as they inspire me! For plenty of other Christmas food ideas, see my Christmas Food page on Pinterest. Looking for a cute holiday veggie plating, rather than a veggie platter? Check out my Christmas tree plating of brown rice, green beans, and cranberries. Stay tuned for healthy holiday snack ideas!

- Kelly

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Holiday Vegetable Plating: Christmas Tree

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Now that it’s December, I’m ready to fully embrace the Christmas season, and my meals are no exception! This holiday vegetable plating is a delicious and healthy way to get into the Christmas spirit, and it is also a great way to create a meal based on the MyPlate guidelines.

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Instructions: I arranged ½ cup brown rice (cooked in low sodium chicken broth), 1 cup of green beans (boiled), and 2 tablespoons of cranberries (also boiled) on the plate in a tree shape. I then drizzled the tree with 1 teaspoon of good balsamic vinegar, and sprinkled on a tiny bit of rosemary and thyme.

Nutrition (using ingredients as listed above): 161 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 6mg potassium, 33g carbohydrates (6.5g fiber, 4g sugars), 5g protein, 5% Vitamin A, 16% Vitamin C, 6% Calcium, 5% Iron

To make a meal, pair this with your favorite protein food! I paired mine with leftover turkey, but this vegetable plating would also look excellent with a roasted chicken. This holiday vegetable plating is also the perfect formula for following the latest nutrition guidelines. By making half of your plate fruits and vegetables (green beans and cranberries), a quarter of your plate whole grains (brown rice), and a quarter of your plate lean protein (your choice- I used Turkey), you are following the nutrition guidelines as suggested by MyPlate (see below).

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Are you a fan of cute holiday foods made HEALTHY? Inspired by my post on the Best Thanksgiving Fruit and Veggie Platters from Around the Web, I will be posting a collection of the best Christmas themed fruit and veggie platters. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks!

-Kelly

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