Here we find ourselves again facing the beginning of the holiday season.
A time for family and friends, where memories are made and our kitchens smell warm and inviting. Unfortunately, along with the warm and inviting, comes a culture of sugar and overeating; baked goods, sweet drinks, meal after meal and candy. Starting with Halloween, there is candy everywhere. It’s a wonder that any of us make it through with our health intact!
This holiday season, what if we all try and be a bit healthier and more wholesome; starting with Halloween? Whether you’re trick-or-treating, handing out candy, or throwing a party, there are creative ideas for healthy Halloween treats that won’t destroy your blood sugar.
Here Are 10 Creative and Healthy Halloween Treats:
This fruit parfait mimics the popular sugary candy corn treat in looks only. Start with a small glass and add a layer of chopped pineapple. Next add a layer of mandarin orange slices. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla yogurt for a healthy twist on the yellow-orange-white layered candy.
These little pumpkins are a fun twist on grilled cheese sandwiches for your little monsters. Start with whole-wheat sandwich rounds. Butter one side and place it butter side down on a baking sheet. Layer a couple of slices of Colby cheese on top. Cut out a jack-o’-lantern face from a second slice, butter it and place butter-side-down on the baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and place the jack-o’-lantern face on top of the cheese. (1)
Love deviled eggs? Slice up a few black olives to create a spider body and eight thin legs for this creepy treat!
Peel a banana, slice it in half so it stands on end, and place chocolate chips for two eyes and a mouth. These ghost bananas will bring a festive flair to afternoon snacks.
These tropical fruit bars may look like giant candy corn, but they’re actually made with coconut milk and pureed fruit. (2)
Make monster-teeth snacks from apple slices, peanut butter or soy butter, and slivers of almonds. Healthy, easy, and festive! (3)
Honey-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
What do you do with the seeds left over after pumpkin carving? Roast them, of course! Try this twist on a basic recipe for Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (4)
These will fly off your kids’ plates. To make the broom, slice a mozzarella stick into thirds. Use a knife or scissors to cut a fringe pattern on the lower half of the cheese. Insert a pretzel stick into the cheese to make the broomstick handle, and tie a chive around the top. (5)
Looking for something you can safely give away? Try popcorn-balls! Consider adding in candy corn or add a bit of orange food coloring to make these healthy treats more festive. (6)
Not ready to spend hours in the kitchen, but don’t want to hand out candy either? Consider buying and giving out yogurt covered raisins, fruit leather, bouncy balls, or mini play-dough cups as alternatives to gummy bears and chocolate bars.
The holidays are what we make of them and encouraging healthy eating is a step worth taking. Happy Halloween!
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- (1) – https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-halloween-treats-for-kids.aspx
- (2) – https://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2014/10/healthy-tropical-candy-corn-ice-pops.html
- (3) – https://www.vitacost.com/blog/cooking-recipe/recipes-2/spooky-cute-monster-teeth-recipe.html
- (4) – https://www.theclevercarrot.com/2012/10/honey-roasted-pumpkin-seeds/
- (5) – https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-halloween-treats-for-kids.aspx
- (6) – https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/popcorn-balls-recipe-1947791
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