For kids, Halloween is all about the candy. The costumes, parties, and trick or treat are all secondary to how much candy can be consumed at the end of the night. You’ll feel much better if you know that they fill their tummies with some nutritious items before they inhale all of that candy. If you’re thinking about hosting a Halloween get-together before trick or treat, consider serving healthy treats before the kids head out!
Presenting healthy treats in a festive way will encourage even the pickiest eaters to snack on some nutritious choices. A few ideas for yummy, but nutritious Halloween party treats include Mummy Apples, Mandarin “Pumpkins”, Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins, Monster Mix, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Veggie “Pumpkins”, and Monster Juice. Each of these snacks provides great nutrients without including much added sugar.
Wrap granny smith apples with simple gauze purchased in the first aid aisle of the grocery. Look for candy eyeballs in the baking section. Melt a few white chocolate chips to attach the candy eyeballs and gauze to the apples.
Peel mini mandarin oranges. Chop up a small piece of celery to insert into the top of the mandarin to resemble a pumpkin.
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins
1 ½ cups white whole-wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with a cupcake liner. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl. Add eggs, oil, honey and vanilla. Stir until completely combined. Fold in pumpkin. Divide batter equally between muffin tins. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of one muffin comes out clean.
Air pop ⅓ of cup of popcorn kernels. Drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Add 1 cup of organic cheese crackers, 1 cup of lightly salted peanuts, 1 cup of sesame sticks to mix, and ½ cup of pumpkin seeds to popcorn. Stir and serve.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with no sugar added jelly and natural peanut butter. Use white wheat bread. Using a pumpkin, or other Halloween cookie cutter, cut sandwiches into shapes. These can be made ahead of time and placed in the freezer until the day of the party. Thaw before serving.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of hummus into the bottom of a small, round glass jar. One inexpensive option is mini glass votive holders.
Arrange baby carrots around the edge of the glass. Place a longer celery stick in the middle of the glass.
2 very ripe bananas
1 cup (heaping) frozen fruit, such as peaches, pineapple, mango
1 cup orange juice
3 handfuls fresh, organic baby spinach
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Tip: Make sure to choose a ripe banana. The banana gives the smoothie its creaminess, so if it’s not ripe, the smoothie will be a little chunky.