Halloween is one of the best times to startle your kids and tickle their culinary palette. Tis’ the season of creativity where you can concoct whatever your heart desires, but you want to make sure what you’re serving up is healthy and not junk.

Meet superfoods.

With nutrient-dense profiles and whole being benefits, superfoods (usually plant-based) are packed with antioxidants and ward off diseases. If you’ve wanted a guide to Halloween-healthy treats plus wanted to know how to incorporate superfoods in them, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started:

Blueberries

Blueberries are loaded with anthocyanin which is responsible for lending a blue hue. They improve cognitive performance and contain compounds like Lutein and Zeaxanthin, known for shielding your eyes and maintaining optimal vision. Low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in Vitamin C.

How To Incorporate It:

Spiderweb Eggs are an absolute rage in Halloween treats and kids simply love it. Get a dozen eggs and hard-boil them for roughly 10 minutes using 8 to 10 cups of water. Throw in two cups of blueberries when bringing to a boil and remove the eggs using a slotted spoon. Lightly crack the shells and put them back in the water that’s hued with berries. Refrigerate with saucepan for a few hours until the eggs cool completely. Peel, serve, dig in, and watch your kids’ reactions.

Black Quinoa

Historically popular as ‘The Gold of the Incas,’ the humble Black Quinoa was used to fuel the stamina of the Incan warriors back in the days. It’s a fantastic gluten-free alternative to rice and couscous options and is packed with plant compounds like Quercetin and Kaempferol which are known to possess anti-depressant, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. In short, you’ll lower your risk your cancer by consuming these crucial nutrients.

How To Incorporate It:

Kickstart your Halloween dinners with a Black Quinoa Salad.

To make this recipe, you take a cup of dried black quinoa that is rinsed and drained well. Quarter-cut pitted cherries, chop roasted and salted pistachios, and take some red watercress. Get a small bowl and whisk a blend of vinegar, honey, oil, salt, and pepper. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook the quinoa with the lid covered for about 10-12 minutes. Once done, simply mix the quinoa with the cherries and pistachios and drizzle the dressing all over it. Voila, you’re done!

Black Rice

The Black Rice was dubbed the ‘Forbidden Rice’ or ‘Emperor’s Rice’ in acient China, prized for its high level of antioxidants. Culturally speaking, it was a rarity reserved solely for the royalty, with the penalty being death for those who stole it. Nowadays, it’s available everywhere online and offline. If you’re looking for a plant-based recipe, you can try out this Vegan Halloween Dessert crafted exquisitely from it. The Witch’s Hair Pasta uses this famous gluten-free staple and here’s how you make it.

How To Incorporate It:

Buy packaged black rice noodles from your local or online grocery store. Follow the instructions mentioned behind the pack for making the noodles. Top it up with stir-fried veggies like eggplants, tomatoes, zucchinis, etc. Add your favorite sauces for the dressing and slather with a blend of olive oil and garlic. To make it more spooky, instead of olive oil and garlic, you could cover the noodles with seafood and marinara sauce for the ultimate darkish theme.

Black Olives

Black Olives are a rich source of Vitamin E and contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, lowering your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and increasing the good ones. They neutralize free radicals inside your body and beats your risk of cancer by preventing DNA cell mutation and damage. Our absolute favorite with black olives is the Spooky Halloween Spider-Deviled Eggs and here’s how you make it this season.

How To Incorporate It:

Hard-boil six eggs – peel and slice in halves.

Take 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1 1/2 teaspoons of yellow mustard and sweet picket relish, a pinch of salt, a 6-ounce can of whole-pitted black olives and a quarter-teaspoon of garlic powder. Peel out the egg yolks from the whites in a medium bowl and mash together a blend of the yolks, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, garlic, and salt. Set it aside and grab a piping bag to cleanly fill up this blend into each egg in the form of dollops. Half-cut the olives and center them on top of the yolk mixtures. Cut them in halves again, except this time, slice them lengthwise (like julienne), in a way they resemble strings or spider legs. Arrange them around the center-piece olives and your Spooky Halloween Spider-Deviled Eggs is ready.

Although these are our four crowd-favorites in terms of superfoods, there are always other options like smoothie bowls, ghoulish soups, and scary-faced croissant rolls. Other superfoods you could try using in your Halloween treats are sesame seeds, spirulina, and acai berries. As always, experiment, have fun, and go wild with your dishes for the ultimate spook!

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