You can have a festive and fun Halloween celebration without an overabundance of sugar. With just a few ingredients and a little creativity, you can make quick, healthy, and fun treats that kids of all ages can enjoy. Check out our ideas for treats your little ghouls and goblins will gobble right up!
Candy Corn Fruit Cups:
It’s easy to make this pretty but not-too-sweet treat for one!
- In a short, clear glass, layer pineapple chunks, mandarin orange segments and whipped cream.
- Top with a piece of candy corn.
They might look like ghosts, but you’ll get only cheers—no boos—when you serve this snack!
- Cut a banana in half.
- Dip halves in white chocolate.
- Place a few chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.
- Let them sit on a baking sheet in the refrigerator or freezer (depending on time) to let the chocolate set.
- If you don’t like bananas, you can also use whole strawberries (do not halve them) for this spooky snack.
These tiny pumpkins are cute and tasty!
- Peel oranges or clementines.
- Stick a small celery stick in the center of each fruit for a stem.
This snack is a fun way to incorporate some healthy whole grains.
- Use non-latex gloves for this treat.
- Put a candy corn or almond in each fingertip (edible nails!), and then fill the rest of the fingers and hand with air-popped popcorn.
- If you’d like, decorate the hands with spooky jewelry (like spider rings)!
This snack or small meal has a few layers of good nutrition, like healthy grains and delicious dairy!
- Slice a whole-grain English muffin in half.
- Spread tomato sauce on each half.
- Layer strips of low-fat mozzarella cheese across each half so it looks like a mummy.
- Add black olives for the eyes.
- Heat in the oven or microwave until the cheese is melted.
Halloween Snack Mix:
Mix up a sweet and salty combination!
- Choose one or more grains, like whole grain cereal, pretzels or popcorn.
- Choose a healthy fat, like peanuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds.
- For sweetness, add dried fruit like raisins or cranberries, or bite-sized chocolate candies.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:
Carving a jack-o’-lantern? Don’t throw away those seeds!
- Scoop the seeds out of your pumpkin and clean them.
- Brush a little olive oil and your favorite seasonings onto the seeds. Not sure what seasonings to use? Try cinnamon and sugar for sweet and spicy flavor, or go savory with spices like paprika, garlic powder or Cajun seasoning. You can keep it simple with basic salt and pepper, too.
- Roast seeds in the oven until they are golden brown.
If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy treat ideas to celebrate the fall season.
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