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    No trick: These treats will help scare candy cravings away

    It's Halloween week, and that candy you've bought to be prepared for the kids is slowly devouring your best intentions. What can do you to fight off those ghastly urges? Give yourself permission to eat something healthy that's still in the spirit of the day.

    Here are four yummy "treats" that will help "trick" your taste buds and satisfy even the most diehard lover of Halloween.

    Pumpkin Cracker Snacks

    Journal as: 1/2 serving low-fat crackers and 1/2 serving cheese.

    10 reduced-fat wheat crackers (reduced-fat Triscuits can also be used)
    10 thin slices of reduced-fat cheddar cheese
    5 or more slices of light salami or sliced deli turkey
    10 slices of black olives (if desired)

    • Set out 10 wheat crackers on serving plate.
    • Carve out 10 pumpkins from the slices of cheddar cheese using an open 2-inch pumpkin cookie cutter. Set a pumpkin on each cracker.
    • Carve a half slice of salami into two eyes, a nose and a mouth and place on the cheese pumpkin. You can use a black olive slice for the mouth if desired.
    • Serve and ENJOY!

    Makes 5 servings (2 crackers each)

    Per serving: 96 calories, 8 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 1 g fiber, 250 mg sodium.

    Trick or Treat Trail Mix

    Journal as: 1 serving low-fat cracker, 1 serving dried fruit, and 1 serving nuts.

    This is a great snack if you are on the go on Halloween afternoon.

    1 cup of pretzel sticks or mini pretzel twists
    1 cup of reduced-fat cheese crackers (such as Reduced Fat Cheese Nips)
    1 cup lightly salted roasted or party peanuts (or similar nut)
    1 cup orange or black dried fruit (raisins or dried apricots or dried peaches)
    1/2 cup Halloween M&Ms (optional)

    • Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl and toss to mix well.
    • Use a 1/2 cup measure to scoop out 1/2 cup of the mixture into a zip-top or plastic bag. Tie the ends closed with orange and black curling ribbon or decorative wire.

    Makes 9 (1/2 cup) bags

    Per serving: 213 calories, 6 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 2.5 g fiber, 227 mg sodium.

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