You may be wondering, “How can my child enjoy Halloween treats without feeling sluggish or grumpy afterward?” Well, we’ve got 10 ideas for you!
When people think of Halloween, they usually think of lots and lots of candy. However, you can make your own spooky Halloween treats that your kids will love and are full of nutrients to feed their body with everything it needs. Not only will your child love crafting these spooky treats, but they will get to spend some quality time learning about what foods are good for their health.
Here are 10 recipes to try out this season:
Who doesn’t love pizza? This is a fun, spooky take on the classic. These Zucchini Eyeballs from Super Healthy Kids is a great option for a nutritious and Halloween-themed snack. This recipe is so easy to follow and your child will love making it too! All you need are 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have at home, including a medium zucchini, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and black olives. This recipe is also high in vitamin C and is a good source of Calcium and Vitamin A, making it even more nutritious!
Halloween Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs
Another great recipe is by Lighthouse Rita, a contributor for Food.com who turned a simple dish into a spooky treat. Halloween Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs are a fun twist on the original and just as delicious! All you need for this recipe is hard-boiled eggs, black olives, and mayonnaise, and if you want to spice it up you can add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. This protein-filled snack is extra fun with spiders made out of the olives placed right on top of the deviled egg, making an even cuter spooky snack.
Frozen Yogurt Strawberry Ghosts
If your looking for something a little sweeter, then Julie's Frozen Yogurt Strawberry Ghosts are a perfect healthy Halloween treat! This sweet treat will be so much fun for your child to help create, from dipping the strawberries into a yummy greek yogurt to adding their finalizing touch of chocolate chip eyeballs. Did you know yogurt is a great source of probiotics? Probiotics are good bacteria that keeps your digestive system healthy. Mix that with Vitamin C-packed strawberries and you’ve got yourself one nutritious snack!
Halloween Grazing Board
One very easy and beautiful Halloween idea would be to create a grazing board. It’s like a cheese board but a spooky style. This grazing board, full of cheese, meat, and fruit give you a balance of important nutrients like protein, healthy fats, calcium, and vitamins to keep them healthy and active. Plus it’s great for sharing with the family! Kids have a blast using their creativity putting together the board and choosing their favorite foods to add-in. Below is a lovely example of a grazing board from she knows blog that is sure to excite your child and help them get the nutrients they need during Halloween:
Practice your snack art with another healthy snack option by making a Veggie Skeleton. You can use a combination of veggies that are every color of the rainbow for this one, giving you lots of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy and strong. Let your child use their creativity to make their Veggie Skeleton any way they like. You can find our recipe for the Veggie Skeleton here.
Spooky Apple Monster
One of our favorites is this recipe for Spooky Apple Monsters. Not only are these little guys adorable, but they have healthy fats, fiber, and lots of vitamins to help your little one grow big and strong. If you don't have edible eyeballs, you can always use a combination of white chocolate and mini chocolate chips. Your child is sure to have a thrill creating this simple but healthy Halloween treat, and even more so enjoy eating it too!
Spooky Trail Mix
Not only can trail mix provide your child with a balance of nutrients like healthy fats, protein, and vitamins, but it can also help them try new foods. This is also a great snack to share with your family while watching spooky movies. If you need ideas for kid-friendly Halloween movies, then check out our last blog post here with our Staff Picks.
Trail mixes can be made in so many different ways, however here are our favorite nutritious foods that can be mixed in with your favorite Halloween sweets:
Snack Science Ep. #36 - Healthy Halloween Treats
In our most recent episode of Snack Science, HealthStart Sharon and her friend Roxy make three healthy Halloween treats made with only a handful of ingredients and almost no preparation. These healthy treats are full of good-for-you nutrients like potassium and Vitamin C. Watch Snack Science Ep. #36 and learn how to make Boo-nanas, Tangerine Pumpkins, and Candy Corn Fruit Cups.
Try mixing in some of these healthy Halloween snacks with your traditional favorites. We hope you and your family have a blast making these spooky treats. Happy Halloween!
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