Boo! It’s the spookiest time of the year. The tricks and treats of Halloween are the kick off to the holiday season. Don’t scare away nutrition and health with too much sugar. While you’re celebrating, look for opportunities to create better health. Snacks dressed up with a Halloween theme can be nutritious, and just as fun as the sugary treats. You don’t need an elaborate recipe – keep things simple.
I decided to try out a few Halloween ideas with my kids. Here’s what I came up with:
Veggies Don’t Scare Me & Spider Eggs
Sneak in a serving of fruits and veggies with a spooky twist. There’s nothing complicated about fresh fruits and veggies. Put them in a plastic sandwich bag and staple on a fun Halloween label. Your kids will love it!
No need for a fancy witches brew or Halloween punch. Label bottles of water as Ghost Tears to keep your little monsters hydrated.
Whole grains will provide needed energy and keep bellies full for the Halloween festivities. Find some plastic gloves at the store. Use candy corn as fingernails and fill the rest of the hand with popcorn.
Pretzel sticks are a favorite at our house. A plastic sandwich bag, a festive paper straw, and a little ribbon turn regular old pretzels into witches brooms.
Once I prepared the snacks, I left them sitting on the counter for an after school snack. When my kids got home, they were so excited. Instead of asking for a treat, they snatched the Halloween snacks right up! They even packed the leftovers in their lunch box for the next day.
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