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Use These Tricks for a Healthier Halloween
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 23, 2013

We all love candy, myself included. The trick is to balance out all of that candy with a few healthier treats. Often, if you don’t eat supper before they get started on the Halloween candy, kids can end up with a tummy ache. So try some fun Halloween themed snacks before you hit the streets!

At Halloween parties, include healthy snack choices such as air-popped popcorn flavored with pumpkin pie spice and a light coating of honey, roasted pumpkin seeds (see below), pumpkin muffins (recipe below), whole grain crackers and hummus, baked tortilla chips and guacamole, punch made from a mixture of 100% fruit juice and seltzer water (make it more fun with green food coloring and frozen grape “eyeballs” floating in it), fruit chunks (you can even make a cute display made from skewered fruit sticking out of the top of a carved pumpkin), and cocoa made with fat free or 1% milk. Anytime you can give something a funny name, a funky color and involve the kids in making it, they will be so much more likely to eat it! You can also decorate oranges to look like jack-o’-lanterns. The healthy choices will help balance out the treats.

JACK-O’-LANTERN Cutouts

Using either light and dark breads (e.g. light and dark rye), white and orange cheeses, or thin melon slices (e.g. cantaloupe and honeydew), create contrasting designs with cookie cutters. Carefully cut identical sections out of both slices of cheese or bread. Insert the dark cutout into the light piece and the light cutout into the dark piece.

PUMPKIN SEEDS

Save the seeds when you clean out your pumpkin. Rinse the seeds well. Mix 3 T. of olive oil, 1/4 tsp. garlic salt and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Mix together with the seeds. Spread out on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until the seeds are brown and crispy.

PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Mix one regular size can of pumpkin with one box of cake mix and bake as directed on the cake mix. Batter will be thick, and muffins will be heavy and moist. Any kind of cake mix is good- my favorite is butter pecan but I’ve also tried yellow (great with a teaspoon of cinnamon), chocolate, carrot, pineapple, spice, and a holiday flavor called caramel apple. I like them all! They are especially great to serve to kids if you have mini-muffin tins- it makes the perfect size and they love them!

APPLE MONSTER SMILES

Cut an apple into slices. Take 2 slices and “glue” them together with peanut butter. Place almond sliver “teeth” coming out of the apple smiles!

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