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Halloween drinks - Scary Martini

3 Spooky Martinis for Halloween Night

If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate Halloween night, you might want to try some delicious martinis. With their sweet flavors, martinis are perfect for holiday celebrations. Here we’ve included three different recipes to fit different tastes and preferences. If you like coffee and chocolate, cotton candy, or apple and lemonade, we’ve got you covered.

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Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Peppers

B_HalloweenStuffedPeppersHalloween is a few days away. We are getting excited at our house to dress up and go load up on candy (well, at least my kids are excited about the candy). I like to make sure that they are getting something healthy for dinner. Stuffed peppers is one of our favorite meals. We usually make them using red peppers, but at Halloween I like to use orange peppers and cut jack-o-lantern faces into them. It makes it fun for the kids.

There are a lot of different versions of stuffed peppers out there, but this is the filling I like:

3 cups cooked quinoa

4 oz. can green chilies

1 cup corn kernels

1/2 cup canned black beans (drained and rinsed)

1/2 cup petite diced tomatoes

1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

kosher salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. This makes enough filling for about six peppers. Fill peppers with quinoa mix. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

 

Not So Spooky Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin cookies-2In many countries Halloween is associated with lots and lots of candy given out by strangers and devoured by children dressed up in costumes. For many parents, it’s the one night each year they allow their children to eat as much candy as they like. Others choose to ration their children’s candy pile so it lasts for a month or so. Either way, candy is involved and children are thrilled. What can we do as parents to encourage our kids to eat a shred of fruits and vegetables on Halloween night?

I came across this recipe for pumpkin muffins that included applesauce, carrots and pumpkin. In one delicious muffin, your kids can ingest two fruits and one veggie, plus some healthy whole grains. I tested this recipe out on my 9 year old daughter and she absolutely loved them!

I took it one step further and allowed my daughter to decorate the muffins like jack-o-lanterns. She had a great time making different faces, some spookier than others. You could decorate these ahead of time to be eaten at the party, or allow the kids and grown ups to decorate them for an activity. Either way, they cute, festive and delicious!

Wicked Upper Body Challenge: Week 2

October ChallengeWelcome to week 2 of the Wicked Upper Body Challenge. Last week we focused on blasting those bat wings by working our triceps. This week we’re making our arms stronger than straw and building our biceps. This week do the following exercises every day:

Bicep curl – 20 reps, 3 times

Wide bicep curl – 15 reps, 3 times

Push-ups – 15 reps, 3 times

If you want really tones arms by Halloween, continue to do the triceps workout from last week with this week’s bicep workout. If you aren’t feeling challenged, increase the number of reps. This workout is completely adjustable to your level. If it is too intense, decrease the number of reps to 10.

Wicked Upper Body Challenge: Week 1

October Challenge

Happy October! The season of ghosts and goblins and all things spooky. It’s that time of year when you jump on the holiday train, and it feels like time is slipping by so quickly that you have to put all dieting and exercise on hold until the new year. BUT NOT THIS YEAR! We have come up with a month long upper body workout challenge that is going to blast those bat wings! Check back here every Monday during October to get the next phase of the challenge so that come Halloween you will have muscular arms instead of scarecrow limbs.

For this first week, we are going to focus on toning our triceps and getting rid of those bat wings. The workout is simple, but you will feel the burn for sure. Do the following everyday this week:

Tricep Press – 15 reps; 3 times

Tricep Dip – 15 reps; 3 times

Tricept Kickback Lunge – 15 reps; 3 times

Tricep Stretch – Hold for 30 seconds at the end.

 

Win Cash with our Pumpkin and Costume Contests

2014-10-27-Costume-FB-PostHalloween is soon approaching and there’s so much excitement in the air about decorating pumpkins, visiting haunted houses and picking the perfect Halloween costume. Fun and anticipation is everywhere, and we wanted to get in on the action. This month we’re hosting two separate photo contests, each with a $200 prize for the winner!

The first is a Pumpkin Photo Contest where you enter a picture of your favorite painted, carved, or otherwise decorated pumpkin for a chance to win some serious money. Enter as many times as you like, and make sure to encourage your friends to vote.

The second is a Halloween Costume Contest where you enter a picture of your favorite scary, silly, or most unique costume. The winner will also receive $200 plus a free DietTools t-shirt! You can enter more than one picture, so get going!

You can find both contests on our DietTools facebook page. Good luck!

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Diet Challenge #27: Trick-or-Treat Part 2

Of course this week’s Diet Challenge has to evolve around the “treat” part of trick-or-treating!challenge_wk_27-02

The Challenge

Opt for healthy Halloween treats rather than candy.

The Details

Read this to learn how to do Halloween the Healthy Way. Then try some of our favorite healthy Halloween treats:
Espresso Chocolate Spider Cupcake
Butternut Melted Witch Soup
Goofy Tooth Apples

Fitness Challenge #27: Trick-or-Treat Part 1

Fitness Challenge #27 is going to be fun! We’re so excited to hear about your fitness tricks!
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The Challenge

Take on some Halloween fitness moves this week!

The Details

We’ve decided to have fun this week by creating an original Kids’ Halloween Workout that you can do right along with them. It’ll work your body out too!

Also, why not try a fun Halloween Scavenger Hunt to burn off some of those calories from candy?

Pumpkin Face Pancakes: Kids Love ‘Em!

three pumpkins crop-2Although the temperature outside is above 90 degrees, and I’m still using my air conditioner frequently, the calendar claims that it’s October and fall has started. For some reason, it’s hard for me to believe that this year, so I decided to do something to get me more in a fall mood. Today I surprised my hubby and daughter with a really fun Halloween themed breakfast. The recipe is called Pumpkin Face Pancakes and they were a huge hit!

The recipe is simple to follow and only required me to buy a few things I didn’t already have in my kitchen. The best part was being able to decorate them in fun ways. I made one pumpkin look silly, one look goofy, and the last one look like a traditional jack o’ lantern. I even let my daughter decorate one of them and she loved it!

You can either make and decorate them all as a fun surprise, or put out all the supplies and let your family members each decorate their own funny face. Either way, the pancakes are delicious and your kids will love eating funny pumpkin faces!

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Happy Kids Disguised #2For many people around the world, Halloween is the one day each year that kids get to eat as much candy as they want. As a parent, I typically abide by this rule because every other day of the year, I am quite strict on what my daughter eats. In one short day, she eats more sugar than she usually does in an entire month. This doesn’t mean I don’t try and come up with ways to make Halloween as healthy as possible.

One way is for her to burn off all that extra sugar. She will do some of that trick-or-treating, but a little more exercise can’t hurt. A fun and simple way of doing this is to create a Halloween themed Scavenger Hunt. You can set it up in your backyard, at a park, or anywhere else with enough room.

Your hunt can be set up with clues, where the first clue leads to the next clue, and so on until they solve the last clue. This is good for older kids. For a simpler version, come up with a list of items or locations hidden around that the kids can find in any order they choose. This is good for younger kids.

Either way you choose to do your scavenger hunt, your kids will have fun and burn off a little more of that extra sugar in their system.