Happy Halloween! We’ve cooked up a variety of superfood smoothie treats to trick your taste buds into thinking you’re indulging in some of your all time favorite Halloween candy.
Whether it’s chocolate bars, caramel apples, or gummy candy, there’s something for everyone’s achilles heel of the candy world. So have no fear this Halloween, you can satisfy your nostalgic cravings while still staying on a healthy track!
Persimmon Jack O'Lantern
Jack Be Little pumpkins aren’t just adorable decorations - you eat them, too! To prepare your pumpkin, cut the top and bottom off, take a peeler and peel the skin, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, roughly chop it and toss in blender. In addition to the beta carotene and fiber from both the pumpkin and persimmon, there’s more fiber courtesy of a pear, healthy fat from coconut cream, and anti-inflammatory power from the pumpkin pie spice. The best part about this pie-in-a-glass? It’s low in calories, fat and sugar.
Red Sour Patch
If you’re always the one picking the red Sour Patch Kid candy out of the bag, you’ll love this immune-boosting snack. Beets are great at lowering inflammation in the body, while also possibly increasing stamina. Cranberries are another inflammation-lowering fruit, as is lemon. Add in an apple for fiber, and flaxseed for healthy Omega-3s and more fiber, and you have a sweet/tart smoothie that will boost your energy and help your skin look positively radiant.
Orange Turmeric Gumdrop
A potent anti-inflammatory, turmeric has been studied as a natural defense against everything from cancer to arthritis - it’s definitely what you could call a “superfood.” The immune boosting power of this smoothie is increased by adding orange, squash and pineapple, and walnuts bring a touch of healthy fat and protein. Start your morning off bright and cheerful, and scare those wrinkles away!
Chocolate, coconut and almonds are actually a pretty healthy combination - if you leave out the chemicals and processed sugars. Our smoothie version of this famous candy bar is full of serotonin-boosting, sugar-free cacao, healthy fats from raw almonds and coconut, potassium and magnesium from banana, vitamins A, C and calcium from collards, and fiber from zucchini. Skip those pieces of candy and satisfy your sweet tooth with this nutritious (and delectable) drink!
Chocolate and peppermint go deliciously together, but cocoa and fresh mint is an even better combination because of the natural goodness in both. Cocoa is rich in polyphenols, the same cancer-fighting, cholesterol-lowering antioxidants that are found in wine and tea, and mint is both a natural digestive aid and energizer. Chard has a high protein content for a vegetable, and the easy going flavor combination of apple and squash will allow you to fully appreciate the chocolatey, minty sweetness this smoothie has to offer.
In addition to being an antioxidant-rich food, walnuts have a big dose of Vitamin E, which is great for your skin. Both pineapple and oranges are vitamin C powerhouses, but camu camu has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food on the planet. If you’re looking for a natural solution to keeping any fall colds at bay, or just to start your day with a giant burst of vitamin C, this is the smoothie for you.
Pucker up for our vitamin C-infused version of the Lemonhead. With a slightly sweeter taste than red beets, yellow beets are high in antioxidants, calcium and fiber. They’re also extremely low in calories. Turmeric is a fantastic anti-inflammatory superfood, and has even been scientifically proven to help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Chia seeds, another superfood we love, are great vegan sources of Omega-3s, fatty acids most people usually get from fish or fish oil. If you’ve ever wondered, “Could there be a detox drink that tastes like candy?” We’re here to answer that question with a resounding YES.
Almond Covered Caramel Apple
One of the surest signs of fall is the traditional caramel apple, but our version not only has that delicious familiar flavor, it’s also 100 percent good for you! Known as the Gold of the Incas, lucuma is native to Peru, Chile and Ecuador, and has a light, caramel-like taste. In addition to providing 14 essential trace elements, lucuma is also a great source of antioxidants and fiber. Dates provide both a natural sweetening effect and potassium, and almonds are a source of both protein and clean fat. There’s no need to feel guilty after drinking this!
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
This smoothie may taste like candy, but it’s actually a perfectly balanced pre or post-workout drink. Bananas provide the potassium and good carbohydrates to give you a burst of energy before hitting the gym, or to help rehydrate and keep muscle cramps at bay afterward. Peanut butter is a great source of fat and protein, two things your body craves after working hard, and cacao has magnesium, which helps with muscle fatigue and healing. Spinach rounds everything out with a dose of vitamin K, essential to bone health, and more hydrating potassium.
Who doesn’t love a Snickers? The great thing about this smoothie is that even though it bears an amazing taste resemblance to the candy bar, it’s full of the kind of stuff your body actually loves, like protein (from the vegan pea protein powder), healthy fat (from the coconut milk and raw peanuts) and nutrients (vitamin K and vitamin A from the spinach, and potassium from the bananas). Even though carob is frequently used a cocoa substitute, it actually comes from a completely different plant. In addition to being a natural antioxidant, carob also has polyphenols, which have been linked to lowered blood cholesterol levels.
Camu Camu is a cherry-like fruit growing off of bushy riverside trees found along the flooded areas of the Amazon throughout Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Teaming with Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants, this is what raises the Candy Corn smoothie to superfood status. No need to eat a bag of real candy corn, this smoothie will give you all the energy you need.
Melt into a world of caramel delight while enjoying lucuma, a South American superfruit rich in antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Lucuma is an amazing source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. This superfood acts as an anti-inflammatory and has anti-aging qualities. It has even been known to repair and revitalize human skin. Go back to this childhood classic and your skin just might follow suit.
Green coffee powder comes from coffee beans that haven’t been roasted yet, and because of this, have a high chlorogenic acid content. Chlorogenic acid has been shown to be effective in both lowering blood pressure and containing blood sugar spikes. Cashews have one of the lowest fat content of all nuts, and more than half of the fat they do have is healthy monounsaturated fats (the kind found in olive oil). Add in some vitamin C from the kiwi, pear and kale, and this super green smoothie will not only energize you, but keep you satisfied and balanced all day long!