There’s really only one time of year that spider deviled eggs are in fashion — and that’s Halloween.
A far cry from your standard party fare, these deviled eggs have the same egg filling you know and love, with olive spiders on the outside.
These Halloween treats are:
The main ingredients are:
Optional additional ingredients:
- Black pepper
3 Health Benefits of Halloween Deviled Eggs
#1: Protects Your Eyes
When most people think of foods for eye health, their minds immediately go to vitamin A-rich veggies. While vitamin A will definitely provide support to your eyes, there are a couple of other compounds that are eye health superstars — lutein and zeaxanthin.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoid phytonutrients that are responsible for the golden hue of egg yellows. They’re also found in abundance in the marigold plant, which has a similar color.
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As potent plant compounds, these two phytonutrients act as antioxidants with an infinity for the retina of your eyes[*]. They’ve been specifically studied for their ability to block harmful UV rays coming from blue light — and may protect against cataracts and macular degeneration[*].
#2: Promotes Strong Bones
Mustard is a fantastic source of selenium, an essential mineral that doesn’t get much time in the spotlight. Selenium is involved in a number of metabolic pathways, including DNA synthesis, thyroid hormone metabolism, and reproduction.
The primary site for selenium storage, however, is skeletal muscle, accounting for 28-46% of your body’s total selenium[*].
Selenium plays a crucial role in healthy bone metabolism. As an antioxidant, it enhances immune protection of your bones and protects against oxidative damage. In this way, selenium may be a key nutrient in the protection against osteoporosis by inhibiting bone cell oxidation and destruction[*].
#3: Supports Healthy Blood Pressure
Olives, much like avocados, are one of those interesting fruits that feel more like a vegetable than their sweet counterparts.
One of the benefits of a more savory fruit, however, is that they tend to be higher in fat. And once again, just like avocados, olives are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids — specifically oleic acid.
Among the many health benefits associated with oleic acid is its potential to help regulate blood pressure. In fact, a number of studies have shown that high olive oil intake is associated with reduced hypertension. While some research suggests that its the antioxidant component of olives that helps to control hypertension, other studies point to oleic acid as the blood pressure regulating element[*].
Regardless of whether its oleic acid, antioxidants, or some other magical compound, olives are shown to consistently contribute to lower levels of hypertension[*].Print
Creepy Crawly Deviled Eggs — Halloween Deviled Eggs Recipe
- 6 eggs (hard boiled)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon relish
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch salt
- 6 whole black olives (pitted)
- Cut hard boiled in half. Scoop out yolk and add to a small bowl.
- Add mayo, mustard, relish, salt, and pepper to egg yolks. Whip with a fork or small whisk until smooth. Adjust seasoning if needed.
- Spoon egg yolk mixture into egg white halves.
- Slice olive in half. Add one half to the center of each egg which will be the body of the spider. Slice remaining half of olive into small pieces for the spider legs. Carefully place olive slices along the sides of the body.
- Calories: 60
- Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 0g Net: 0g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 3g