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Healthy Halloween Snacks

Toni Ann DiSantis

Remember what Halloween used to be like? Plastic, jack-o-lantern buckets filled with candy, candy, and still more candy! Boy, have things changed. Today, experts warn against too much added sugar, and all those individually wrapped goodies and unhealthy treats are suddenly frowned upon. What are kids to do? Bring back the fun—and still keep things healthy—with these homemade Halloween snack idea

 

1. Apple Smiles  1 medium red apple cored & slice into eighths. Take a  2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter & spread on one side of all slices.  Squeeze a little  lime juice on slices & place mini marshmallows on the side of the apple with the peanut butter & then place the other half of apple on top of marshmallows- making them look  like  a big bright white smile.

2. Make Jack-o-Lantern Snacks and Meals To make every day foods more festive, think like a pumpkin and start carving! Try cutting spooky faces into oranges for a fun lunch box snack. Or carve orange peppers before stuffing them with Mexican-spiced beans and rice (or your kids’ favorite fillings), and bake them for dinner. A great party trick: Arrange carrots in the shape of a jack-o-lantern, with olives or cucumbers for a smile, and small cups of hummus dip for eyes.

3. Serve Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits Candy Corn is delicious (I’m not here to lie to you, people!), but it’s not healthy—and it certainly doesn’t help kids learn about healthy foods. Make a candy corn-themed parfait instead! Fill a glass with a layer of tangerines, then a layer of pineapple, and top it with a dollop of whipped cream or coconut cream. Finish it off with an actual piece of candy corn (or three) for effect.

4. Scare Up Some Trail Mix Combine chopped chocolate chips, raw coconut flakes, and almonds, and portion the mixture out into small containers for your kiddos. It’s a decadent treat without excess sugar or preservatives—I promise, your kids won’t miss those mini candy bars!

5. Enjoy Frozen Boo-nanas Cut bananas in half and add a popsicle stick at the bottom. Take a few chocolate chips and pop them into the banana halves to create eyes and mouths. Then, freeze them for a delicious, spooky dessert.

6. Try Spooky Monster Grills   These Monster Grills are  healthy, silly, and perfect for kids, and for you adults they are perfect after a workout for a boost of healthy protein and carbs.  Slice apples into 12 equal pieces, and separate into 6 pairs.  Spoon ½ Tbsp peanut butter onto each slice.  Chop peanuts in half, & line half the apples w peanut halves.  Place raisins at random interval between peanuts.  Top off other apple half & serve.