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Incorporating good nutrition into your Halloween meals

Posted at 5:10 AM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-27 07:54:04-04

The average child collects between 3,500 and 7,000 calories worth of candy on Halloween night.

Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and health coach with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan stopped by Broadcast House to show how to incorporate good nutrition into recipes that are fun and festive for the family to enjoy on Halloween. 

Eyeball Pasta Dinner


Zoodles or noodles of choice

* 2 large zucchinis

* Spiralizer

* Olive oil

Turkey Marinara Sauce

* 1 package lean ground turkey

* 14 ounces marinara sauce

* 2 Tbsp. Italian blend spices

* 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped

* 1 clove garlic, minced


* Fresh mozzarella balls

* Black olives




1. Use spiralizer as instructed to make zucchini noodles, called zoodles. If you do not have a spiralizer, you can finely chop zucchini into strips.

2. Saute zoodles in olive oil or other favorite heart healthy oil for about 3-5 minutes until al dente.

3. You can also use favorite noodles of choice and cook according to package al dente.


Turkey Marinara Sauce

1. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the ground turkey and cook until browned. 

2. Drain any excess grease and then add in the marinara sauce, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. 

3. Simmer on low heat until ready to use.


To Serve

1. Place zoodles or noodles on plate with turkey marinara sauce on top. 

2. Cut mozzarella balls in half and place on top of sauce. Place a slice of black olive on each piece of mozzarella to look like an eyeball. 

3. Serve hot. 


Pumpkin Protein Muffins


* 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, blended into a flour or flour of your choice

* 1 cup pumpkin puree 

* 1 cup Greek yogurt 

* 2 large eggs

* 1 1/2 scoops natural or vanilla flavored protein powder 

* 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

* 1 teaspoon cinnamon

* 1 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Add the pumpkin, Greek yogurt, eggs, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda and blend again until well combined.

3. Stir in only half of the chocolate chips.

4. Distribute into 12 regular muffin liners that are greased, then sprinkle muffins with the rest of the dark chocolate chips

5. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Halloween Popcorn Treats – Hands


* Latex disposable gloves without powder

* White cheddar cheese popcorn or butter popcorn

* Pumpkin seeds

* Candy corn

* Twist ties

* Folding close sandwich bags


1. Fill glove fingers with one candy corn each – to look like finger nails

2. Fill the rest of glove with a combination of white cheddar cheese popcorn and pumpkin seeds

3. Once filled, use twist tie to seal. 

4. Perfect, healthy, fun treats for kids. They can even help make them. Enjoy!