Written by: Michaela Mencacci

We have all seen the Halloween and fall décor everywhere we go; our friends and families’ homes, the grocery stores, and all throughout the malls.  It’s October! Spooky Season has commenced and the festivities are about to get started! I’m sure everyone has been working hard to keep their “bikini bod” all summer, or just trying to live a #HealthierLifestyle in general. So, let’s keep it up! If you aren’t where you want to be with your health or lifestyle, it’s never too late to start! Let’s start today! This month is for dressing up, and being whoever you want to be! Here are some scary healthy Halloween meals, treats and adult beverage recipes for all of those ghoul gatherings, freaky fun and pumpkin carving parties to come. 

Fruit & veggie trays are refreshing, healthy, delicious and add vibrant color to your countertops! Guests will love these fun fruit & veggie tray ideas because they are guilt-free and great conversation starters. Cover a tray in bananas dressed as ghosts and oranges disguised as jack-o-lanterns. Dress another tray up with veggie sticks and fill a tiny pumpkin with veggie dip to complete the “fall” look for these finger foods. These cute and inviting snacks will be snatched up by guests of all ages, and will be the talk of the party!

'BOO'nanas Fruit Platter
Fall Veggie Platter
Now, for dinner time, you may be tempted to eat the festive pizzas, green mac and cheese, all the dips and chips and greasy finger foods you can shove into your mouth. But don’t fall victim of these frightening foods this Halloween season! Instead, try this delicious and fall friendly pasta alternative:
Spaghetti Squash.

Squash is one of the most “October-y” foods out there. Being a relative of the all-time Halloween favorite, the pumpkin, the squash would be a great touch to your holiday dinner. Spaghetti Squash is unique, filling and very tasty when paired with meat sauce or buttery garlic sauce. After, mix in as many veggies as you like to add more color to your “noodles.” Serve spaghetti squash in a huge pot or in their natural bowl-like outer shell.

'Spook'getti Squash

Another unforgettable meal would be these frightfully delicious Jack-O-Lantern shaped Stuffed Peppers. Give them a southwestern flair and stuff them with shredded chicken, or ground turkey, lettuce, rice, black beans, avocado and a little dash of melted cheese on top. These stuffed peppers will lighten up anyone’s day with their cute smiles and their scary healthy ingredients.

Southwestern Jack-O-Lanterns

Of course, a party with no desert is no party at all! Here are some desert options that will satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth and their taste buds as well. Show off this beautiful platter of Caramel-drizzled Apple slice nachos. This decorative and yummy desert tray looks amazing and could pass as a sweet-n-spooky spider web that your guests would devour. 

Next to the apples, these white-chocolate covered strawberries look just as delicious and nutritious. Add a twist to this classic desert by dabbing some chocolate drops on them and morph these harmless treats into festive, floating ghosts.

Unleash your sweet spidey-senses!

White Chocolate Straw'BOO'ries

Getting thirsty with all of these great food recipes? Try these two adult beverage mixtures to spice up the spook at your next Halloween party! The Monsterita and the Witches Brew Sangria are both healthy alcoholic drinks that are very much Instagram-able. Just look how great these drinks look!


Witches Brew Sangria
We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do! Let us know if you try them out, we would love to see photos! Tag us with @TheCoreHouston on Instagram and we will shout you out on our IG story! Thank you for reading and have a great Spooky Season!

All photos found on Pinterest.
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Let me guess, it's February and you are trying to stay motivated right? You joined or returned to the gym, and you're going all out on the treadmill or another cardio machine killing yourself to try to lose those awful 5 to 10 pounds of weight you put on during the holidays. You made it through January and you are committed to this! But are you overdoing it? 

Predicament: You're psyched, champing at the bit, ready to go and on the treadmill, but the person next to you just won't just shut the heck up and leave you to the all-out intense workout you have planned. I mean, doesn't she know that you're serious about your training? Doesn't she realize that you are not just some average Joe weekend warrior? Doesn't she realize you are committed to losing this weight? Well that busybody may just be telling you something without you even realizing it. Her playful persiflage may be just the thing you need. 

The fact that she can carry on a conversation while running at a decent clip is an indicator that she's burning fat while that killer sprint you have planned may not accomplish the same thing.  Your muscles utilize two kinds of fuel while exercising and both at the same time; fat and sugar. What type of workout you're indulging in dictates what percentage of which of those fuels you burn the most. Ideally you would like to burn fat I am assuming. Seventy percent of the energy/calories comes from fat and is the type of fuel the muscle needs in order to keep the fat burning process going. Only thirty per cent comes from sugar. I will refrain from getting too technical and bore you into a nap, so let's just say that if the oxygen is cut off (you are out of breath) the muscle also gets "out of breath" and fat burning ceases although the body now will burn some sugar (glucose) through the anaerobic process. 

The principle to remember is that burning fat (and some glucose) requires oxygen so when one descends into a feeling of oxygen deprivation, one’s wonderful mechanism known as the human metabolism no longer has the capacity to use the fat as fuel. Of course intense explosive ATP burning exercise has its place but that is another article. This is why though that aerobic exercise, as much as some try to avoid it when trying to add muscle, is still paramount to facilitate the ability to access the fat stores in order to deplete them. The formula or recipe you want to find requires a little trial and error or maybe just practice. 

So, when putting yourself through your next run or aerobic endeavor, try to simply maintain the highest level at which you can perform without that oxygen deprivation. Ramp up that treadmill until you find yourself unable to eek out a complete sentence comfortably and back it off a notch or two. Find Chatty Cathy again and ask her how her mother-in-law is doing. You'll not only be happy about your faster results but hey, you'll have a new best Facebook buddy. It’s when she starts avoiding YOU that you have to worry!

Derek Kanady has over 30 years of personal training experience. He is a contributing editor to Examiner.com and Co-Founder of Texas HealthCare Partners and Founder of C.A.R.E Center, both rehabilitation companies. He is currently a personal trainer at The Core Houston.

The Core Houston is one of the largest personal training gyms and wellness facilities in the United States offering expert personal training, wellness services, state of the art equipment, first class amenities and other services to its members in Houston, Texas

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