Trainer Approved Halloween Treats

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It seems everywhere we look these days we see Halloween candy. Seasonal treats can be found at home, at work and even at the gym.

The Valley Today's Health and Fitness Expert says indulging in a few Halloween treats doesn't have to bust your diet. She says the right treats can even boost your workout.

Ashley Sornsin shared some protein packed Halloween treats with The Valley Today on Thursday morning. She made Halloween Protein Peanut Butter Cups and Halloween Protein Balls in her "Buff Bakery".

Sornsin says both recipes are great pre and post workout snacks, but also make great healthy and nutritious 'treats'. It's a bonus because both adults and kids love these.

She says they are great pre workout, having the ideal blend of carbs, protein and fats to get you energized before your workout. Pop 2-4 of these an hour before your workout to help fuel you through a tough workout.

Post workout too? Yes, again, the right amount of carbs and protein are crucial factors to replenish and refuel your body following an intense workout. When you choose to snack smart with protein treats like these, your body will thank you and your sweet tooth will be satisfied.

**Halloween Protein Peanut Butter Cups**

For the top and bottom:
1 bag semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Melt and put 1 tsp in bottom of mini muffin liners.
Put in freezer, then move to filling steps and when done, top with 1 tsp chocolate.

For the filling:
1 1/4 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
4 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Directions:
Combine all and place 1 tsp on top of the chocolate, then finish and top with remaining chocolate. Add festive sprinkles for Halloween fun!

Makes 32 cups

Macronutrients:
Calories: 73
Protein: 2g
Carbs: 7g
Fat: 4g

**Halloween Protein Balls**
(Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
4Tbsp peanut butter
2Tbsp sf maple syrup (walden farms)
1/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
Optional: add in 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice & roll in festive Halloween sprinkles

Makes 16 balls

Macronutrients:
Calories: 60
Protein: 3g
Carbs: 5g
Fat: 3g