Halloween has a bit of a negative reputation with health conscious adults because so many of the holiday’s treats are full of sugar and unhealthy fats and oils. If you are concerned about your child’s diet, consider replacing at least some of the typical Halloween candy with these healthy and nutritious food choices!
When most of us think of Halloween, we naturally think of pumpkins. When we think of traditional recipes for pumpkin, we tend to think of super sweet desserts such as pumpkin pie and pumpkin rolls.
One nutritious pumpkin recipe your kids will enjoy is pumpkin smoothies, which are the perfect beverage for Halloween! Just mix the following ingredients in your blender for a delicious and nutritious treat:
- ½ cup grated fresh pumpkin.
- ½ frozen banana.
- ½ cup coconut milk.
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix.
Pumpkin Shaped Veggie Tray
Place baby carrots in a single layer and in the round, circular shape of a pumpkin on your vegetable tray. Use three small containers in the shape of a triangle, or circles, for the eyes and nose, and fill them with your child’s favorite healthy dip.
Good choices for the dip include protein-packed hummus, or probiotic rich active culture yogurt into which you’ve stirred some fresh honey. Low-fat versions of sour cream can also serve as a calcium rich dip.
Top the pumpkin with a green stem made up of several fresh broccoli florets. Make certain to leave space inside the bottom third of the pumpkin for the row of teeth. Sliced green vegetables, such as cucumber or zucchini, make a healthy smile for your pumpkin!
Pumpkin Hummus Pitas
Spread hummus onto round pita shells. Allow your children to customize their own Jack-o-lantern by decorating the face of their hummus pumpkin with slices of carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, olives and cheese for the eyes, nose, mouth, hair and stem.
Pumpkin Shaped Sweet Potato Fries
Slice sweet potatoes into ¼” inch rounds, and use a sharp paring knife or mini-cookie cutters to cut out small triangles for the eyes nose and mouth. Grease a cookie sheet with about 3 ½ tablespoons heart healthy olive oil and place sweet potato slices on it.
Sprinkle slices with a bit of pumpkin pie spice, and a dash each of salt and sugar. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until sweet potatoes are toasted and crunchy.
Spooky Spider Crust Pot Pies
Use ramekins or oven safe mugs and fill halfway with your favorite recipe for traditional chicken pot pie filling, or a thick and hearty chicken and vegetable stew. Place ramekin/mug on top of oven safe plate. Top with spider shaped crust made from puff pastry.
To make the spiders, cut out 6 long, thin strips of dough and drape across ramekins/mugs, allowing the legs to extend over the sides and on to the plate. Cut out a circle of dough and place on top, covering the ends of the spider’s legs and the top of ramekin/mug. Garnish with two slices of black olives for the eyes. Bake in a 350 degree oven until crust is golden brown.
Halloween Themed Fruit Kabobs
Black and orange are traditional Halloween colors, and you can make healthy, holiday themed fruit kabobs by alternating chunks of fresh cantaloupe with whole fresh blackberries on bamboo skewers.
A second equally colorful and healthy alternative is to alternate whole black olives with 1 inch cubes of cheddar or American cheese for your kabobs.
Creepy Honeydew Cutouts
Using a set of Halloween cookie cutters, and slices of fresh honeydew melon, you can cut out spooky holiday themed slices of fruit. Bats and pumpkins are good choices, as are ghosts and cats.
What do you think of these healthy Halloween snack options? Why not join in the discussion with other readers and share your child’s favorite Halloween treat in the comments sections?