4 Sweet Smoothies to Satisfy Your Halloween Cravings

Gigi Kwok-Hinsley | October 31, 2016

Did you know that the average American adult consumes 4 percent of their candy consumption just on Halloween? I know what you’re thinking, “but they are fun-size candy treats, they can’t be that bad for you.” Well, it turns out just 5 of those fun-size candy bars is the equivalent of one full-size candy bar. Ranging between 60 to 110 calories a piece, 5 of these fun-size treats can equal an average of 375 calories, 17g of fats and 47g of sugar!

This year, avoid all the Halloween tricks, and enjoy all the treats with 5 smoothies that satisfy your candy cravings without any of the horror!

1. Almond Joy

Put the candy bar down and instead make this tasty coconut, almond smoothie. You’ll forget all about that candy bar in no time.

2. Tropical “Candy Corn”

Candy corn is a Halloween staple, but it’s full of sugar. Instead, opt for this layered smoothie, it has the sweetness you crave, without the empty calories.

3. Apple Pie Smoothie

Nothing screams fall more than apple pie, that’s why we love this smoothie recipe. It has the apples, cinnamon, and vanilla of apple pie but less sugar and calories.

4. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl

There are few combinations better than banana and peanut butter. In this recipe we combine them with protein powder to fuel your day.

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Gigi Kwok-Hinsley

Gigi Kwok-Hinsley, DrPH, M.S., R.D., is a Registered Dietitian with a Doctorate in Public Health in the Greater Los Angeles area specializing in nutrition and public health research with experience in adult weight management, school nutrition and health and wellness. Dr. Kwok-Hinsley completed her doctorate in public health at Loma Linda University School of Public Health with an emphasis in preventive care and health care management. She conducted research in bitter taste sensitivity as it relates to a patient’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Outside of work and school, she is actively involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

An avid runner and ball hockey player, Gigi also holds a deep understanding of the relationship between evidence-based nutrition and sports performance. With 7 marathons under her belt, Gigi qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2015.

In the past, Gigi held positions in clinical nutrition research at the Veteran Affairs Hospital – West Los Angeles and Kaiser Permanente in health education. She is also an adjunct professor at Mount San Antonio Community College in Los Angeles.

Beside working and running, Gigi enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family.

Gigi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego and received her dietetics training from the Coordinated Dietetics Program at California State University, Los Angeles.

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