Amidst all the scary, corn-syrup laden snacks of All Hallow’s Eve, it’s easy to forget that come October 31st, even adults want to put on a costume and enjoy a healthy Halloween treat. For those of us who want to watch our sugar intake, a colorful prickly pear smoothie provides the perfect healthy Halloween recipe – one that is vibrant, fun and delicious enough to quiet down any cravings for candy.
Prickly pear is one of those lesser-known tropical fruits that really should get more love in North America. Beloved by Mexicans and Israelis alike, this beautiful purple fruit is actually an oxidant-rich super food, like the acai and goji berries. Prickly pear is exceptionally rich in Vitamin C, indicia xanthin and betanin, which boost our immune system, help prevent heart disease and have even been found to help prevent cancer. It also has high stores of magnesium, selenium, and fiber, and a 2011 study has shown that prickly pear is hypoglycemic – in other words, instrumental to lowering our blood sugar levels.
When blended with yogurt, chia seeds, and lemon-flavored flavorall drops, prickly pear smoothie becomes the perfect vehicle for the best dressed healthy Halloween treat for adults. Topped with ground cherries, pomegranate arils, purple grapes or any of your favorite fall-time treats, it is a work of art that will make anyone feel just a bit better about treating their body to a healthy snack.
Because at the end of the day, we all know that Halloween is all about the pretty costumes… even when it comes to our healthy Halloween snacks.
PREP TIME: 10mins
PROCESSING TIME: 5mins
Prickly pear smoothie:
2 prickly pears, peeled with a paring knife
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 frozen banana
4 drops lemon-flavoured Flavorall
1 tsp chia seeds
Ground cherries, peeled and halved
Purple grapes halved
Combine all prickly pear smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender. Process until smooth and well combined. Pour into bowls and top with ground cherries, purple grapes, pomegranate arils and more chia seeds. Serve immediately.
Ksenia Prints is a freelance writer and food blogger, photographer, and recipe developer for At the Immigrant’s Table. Ksenia speaks four languages, calls three cities ‘home’, defines herself through two cultures, and is proud to own only one cat. Follow her exploits in the kitchen and beyond at @immigrantstable.
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