5 Halloween Treats You Can Feel Good About
Halloween is here and we know kids will be loading up on candy. While I don’t think we need to deprive ourselves or our children of candy, I do think we need to find balance. To do that, I like adding in non-candy treats that are exciting for kids. Before you send them off into the neighborhood, have them try one of these spooky themed snacks that will keep them happy and healthy.
Blue Corn Bats
To make these fun treats you chunk a block of cheese into ½”-1” cubes. Place one end of a toothpick into the center of your cheese and the other into a purple grape that is facing horizontally. Then use two blue corn chips and push one chip gently onto each side of the grape. You can make these in advance or let the kids build them for a nice activity.
Wash, peel, and slice a cucumber into ½” rounds. Place a dollop of hummus in the center and top with sliced black olives. If you want to get a little more creative, slice roasted red peppers into slivers and place around the olive for an extra real eye effect.
Pop 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels with 1-2 teaspoons of oil in a brown paper bag and let cool. Place a chocolate chip or an almond into each finger of clear plastic gloves so it looks like dark fingernails. Then have kids scoop their popcorn into the glove and tie it off with ribbon.
Look for a fruit cup in 100% fruit juice, something like orange or peach slices will work well. Take a black sharpie and draw jack-o-lantern faces on the top of each individual container.
Green Monster Mash
This is a simple smoothie with spinach added to turn it green. Combine 1 cup of plain or a lower sugar (<20 gm) vanilla yogurt, preferably Greek, with ¼ cup blueberries, ½ banana, ½ a chopped apple, and 2-3 handfuls of spinach. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth. Add a few tablespoons of water if it is too thick and not mixing well. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!