Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids and adults alike. Unfortunately, the season doesn’t invoke visions of healthy snack foods. But sugar need not reign supreme in this candy-focused time of year. Try some of these healthy Halloween treats:
1) Jack O’ Lantern Lunches - If you or your little ones enjoy pumpkin carving, consider moving the carving fun to your lunchtime fare. A grilled cheese or bologna sandwich is more enjoyable to eat when the face smiles back. Simply carve a face into the bread or meat before toasting or grilling.
2) Darkly Delicious Apples - The pairing of dark chocolate andapples creates an antioxidant-rich dynamic duo that may help protect your heart. Here's a fun healthy twist on traditional candied and caramel apples. You'll need: 4 apples, sticks, 1 cup dark-chocolate baking chips, and parchment paper. Remove the apple stems and insert the sticks into the top of the apples. Melt the dark chocolate baking chips in a double boiler (or just insert metal bowl into a pot of boiling water). When the chocolate has melted, slowly rotate each apple until all sides are covered in chocolate. Place on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper and set in the fridge to cool.
3) Veggie Skeleton - This snack idea is the perfect way to get your kids excited abouteating their veggies - no bones about it! You'll need: Veggie dip, celery sticks, baby carrots, sliced mushrooms, cucumbers cut into rounds, pea pods, some lettuce leaves, pimiento-stuffed olives, and red bell pepper. Directions: Scoop veggie dip into a small bowl and place at the top of a long platter. Begin to build the skeleton by arranging veggies: a celery stick for the neck, baby carrots for the arms, mushrooms for the hands, cucumbers for the spine, red pepper slices for ribs, mushrooms for the hips, celery for the legs, and pea pods for the feet. Give your skeleton hair with lettuce leaves, eyes with olives, and a mouth with a sliver of red pepper.
4) Spider Logs - This after-school classic gets a creepy crawly twist for Halloween. You'll need: celery sticks, natural peanut butter, and plastic spiders. Directions: Slice celery sticks crosswise. Fill each stick with peanut butter and arrange on a platter. Let the kids have fun decorating the snack with plastic spiders … just be sure to remove them before digging in!
5) Witches' Broomsticks - Whip up a batch of witches' broomsticks faster than you can shriek. Low in calories and fat and a good source of protein, these tasty treats will fly off the plate. You'll need: reduced-fat mozzarella cheese sticks, pretzel sticks, chives. Directions: To make the broom, slice the mozzarella stick across in 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, making the broomstick, and tie a chive around the top.
6) Boonanas - Transform abanana into a spooky treat. Ingredients: bananas, mini chocolate chips, regular chocolate chips. Directions: Peel bananas and cut them in half crosswise. Have your kids press two mini chocolate chips into the side of the banana for eyes and a regular-size chocolate chip for a ghost mouth.
7) DANDIES Pumpkin- Flavored Marshmallows – If you crave sugary goodness, putDandies Pumpkin-flavored Marshmallows in EVERYTHING! This all natural, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, and fat free marshmallow can spice up your coffee, cookies, crispy treats, and brownies. These are being sold in limited quantities, so get them while supplies last.
8) MonsterBoogers - Let’s face it, kids love gross stuff. Surprise them by dipping Dandies Minis into some green colored glaze. Ingredients: 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp non-dairy milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, a couple drops of green food coloring. Directions: Whisk all ingredients together, until smooth. Stick a tooth pick in each marshmallow and dip into the glaze and let dry on a piece of parchment paper.