Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is all about the sweets… and the sips! I recently came across some delicious and adorable Halloween cocktails and just had to share with all of you. Mix up a few of these for your spooky celebrations and you’ll be the most popular hostess around…

1. Caramel Apple Sangria {A Night Owl}

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2. Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake {How Sweet It Is}

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3. Candy Corn Jello Shots {That’s So Michelle}

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4.  The Gin Goblin- A Green Tea and Cucumber Cocktail {Sugar & Charm}

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5.Bourbon & Maple Apple Cider {Freutcake}

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6. Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate {Minimalist Baker}

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7. Apple, Pomegranate, and Rum Cocktail {French Larkspur}

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8. Spiced Apple Cider Champagne Cocktails {Dishing Up The Dirt}

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9. Pumpkin Spice Martini {The Flair Exchange}

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10. Vanilla, Pear, and Vodka Cocktail {Two Tarts}

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Healthy Halloween Treats

healthy halloween treats

Halloween is one of my very favorite holidays. Between costumes, seasonal crafts, and candy, what’s not to love? I like to celebrate all month long, but by the end of October I usually feel like I’ve had more than my fill of sweets. While I certainly won’t turn down a sweet treat or two, it’s nice to have a healthy alternative to all the candy this time of year. These Halloween treats I’m sharing today are made with fresh fruit, so you can still feel festive without all the sugar. They’re a great healthy option to serve up at a Halloween party, or you can bring them to work to share with your officemates. I can guarantee they’ll be a huge hit!

Check out these healthy Halloween recipes below…

 Banana Graveyard Ghosts

graveyard banana ghosts

Here’s what you will need:

  • Bananas
  • Black decorating icing
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate Cookies

 Instructions:

For the Banana Graveyard Ghosts, I simply cut three bananas in half, and then gave the ghosts spooky eyes and a mouth using a tube of cake decorating icing. I placed a dollop of peanut butter at the bottom of each banana to keep it in place on the plate. To make the graveyard dirt, serve your ghosts on a bed of chocolate cookie crumbles.

 Cute Clementine Pumpkins

cute clementine pumpkins

Here’s what you will need:

  • Clementines
  • Green pipe cleaners

 Instructions:

Making these Cute Clementine Pumpkins could not be easier. First, make sure you are using clementines or another variety of citrus that is shaped like a pumpkin (oranges are too round). Then, peel the fruit, trim a green pipe cleaner down to the appropriate “pumpkin tem size”, and place it inside the top of your clementine.

I hope these healthy treats are a hit at your next Halloween party or celebration!

Healthy Protein Cookie Dough

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I’ve always been one of those people who would rather eat cookie dough with a spoon than wait for it to be baked into cookies. And when that cookie dough happens to be high in protein, high in fiber, vegan (no raw eggs to worry about!), and free from processed sugar- then why not, right?

Don’t knock chickpea cookie dough until you try it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 15-oz can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or sweet cocoa nibs

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Combine chickpeas, peanut butter, agave, maple syrup, and vanilla in a food processor and blend until smooth.

2. Transfer your “dough” into a mixing bowl and stir in chocolate chips by hand.

3. Chill in the fridge or freezer until cold. Note: This treat tastes much better chilled than at room temperature. 

Two Delicious Party Popcorns

Fall is a great time to host a movie night with girlfriends, couples, or even just a movie date for you and your special someone. While picking the right movie is key, I personally think the snacks are just as important (don’t you?). Popcorn immediately comes to mind when I think about movie night snacks. It’s a great little munchie to have on hand, and it can be salty or sweet…or even a little of both. Popcorn is also packed with fiber and goes great with most of my favorite refreshments.

Here are two of my all time favorite popcorn recipes that you MUST try!

Cakebatterpopcorn

CAKE BATTER POPCORN

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup un-popped popcorn
  • 1 cup melting white chocolate
  • ½ cup dry yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup rainbow sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Pop popcorn as directed, then place onto parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and add cake mix to chocolate once melted. Immediately pour the white chocolate/cake batter mix over popcorn and mix until popcorn is evenly coated.
  3. Add sprinkles and mix once more. Let sit at room temperature until hardened (about 15 minutes).

 

Almondjoypopcorn

ALMOND JOY POPCORN

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup un-popped popcorn
  • 1 cup melting white chocolate
  • ½ cup melting dark chocolate
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

Instructions:

  1. Pop popcorn as directed, then place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Add coconut and almonds to your popcorn.
  2. Melt white and dark chocolate in two separate bowls and sprinkle over popcorn. Mix lightly until evenly distributed throughout.
  3. Let sit at room temperature until set and hardened (about 15 minutes).

 

These delicious treats are relatively fast and simple to make, so next time your popping on a movie, give them a try!

Peanut Butter Protein Blondies

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Normally, I only post about my “outfits of the day” and fashion related content. However, I’ve decided that I am going to include posts about my lifestyle in general, that may be useful and interesting!

Over the past couple of months I’ve been trying out numerous new recipes. I’ve decided to “eat clean” and cut out the majority of processed food from my diet. After a month of “eating clean”, I began to notice that I had much more energy, focus, and felt that my overall wellness had improved.

Chocolate and sweets have always been my ultimate weakness. At one point in my life I managed to lose over 40lbs, and my biggest struggle during that time was limiting the amount of sweets in my diet (I obviously would never completely eliminate them…you still gotta live a little!). However, when I decided to start “eating clean”, I realized that I needed to learn how to satisfy my sweet tooth a little differently. These Peanut Butter Protein Blondies are my absolute favorite!

Macros per square: 139 calories, 8.4 g protein, 6.5 g fat

Ingredients: (9 squares)

* 1 1/4 cup almond flour

* 3 tbsp. stevia

*1 scoop (20g) vanilla protein whey

*1/2 tsp. baking powder

* 1/4 tsp. salt

* 1/4 cup natural peanut butter

* 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

* 1 tsp. vanilla extract

* 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

* 1 tbsp. honey

* 1 egg

* 2 egg whites

* sugarfree peanut butter/choc. chips for topping

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray. In one bowl mix together almond flour, stevia, baking powder, protein powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, lightly beat egg and egg whites, add vanilla extract, honey, applesauce, milk, and peanut butter. Mix until blended. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir. Pour in pan. Place chips on top. Bake 15-20 minutes.