Halloween is just around the corner, and with preparation, there's no need to be spooked by your children's candy consumption this year. Ensure your kids develop healthy habits for a happy Halloween with these tips:
The Trick Is to Enjoy the Treat!
Halloween is a great time to reiterate the importance of moderation and that all foods can fit into an overall healthy lifestyle.
- Come up with a “treat schedule” and discuss beforehand when and how much candy your child will enjoy in a day.
- Have your kids make a pile of personal favorites to enjoy in moderation. Agree that the rest can be donated to a local shelter or sent in a care package to those serving overseas.
No Need for Tricks with Healthy Treats
It's easier than ever to find Halloween treats to make kids happy while still providing a health benefit. Grocery store shelves are stocked with kid-friendly favorites containing whole grains, extra vitamin C, 100-percent fruit juice and added fiber.
This year, consider mixing up the candy bowl with some of these items:
- Whole-grain cheddar flavored crackers
- Fruit snacks made with 100-percent fruit with added vitamin C
- Sugar-free gum
- Animal-shaped graham crackers made without trans fat
- Mini rice cereal treat bars
- Cereal bars made with real fruit
- Mini 100-percent fruit juice boxes
- Low-fat pudding cups
- Baked, unsalted bags of pretzels
- Halloween-themed stickers, pencils and temporary tattoos.
Special Recipes for Halloween
Scary Apple "Teeth"
- 1 medium apple
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) creamy peanut butter
- About 25 mini marshmallows, almonds, or candy corn for teeth
- Cut apple into wedges and discard core.
- Spread peanut butter along one side of each apple slice.
- For “teeth”, place five marshmallows, almonds, or candy corn in the peanut butter on five of the apples (closer to the skin side of the apple). Press the remaining five apple slices down onto the marshmallows to form a “sandwich” resembling a mouth.
Yield: 5 servings
Recipe adapted from: pamperedchef.com & healthiana.com
Frozen “Boo”-nana Pops
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup good quality white chocolate
- 8 small raisins or mini chocolate chips for eyes
- 4 popsicle sticks
- Cut banana in half lengthwise, then in half to make four quarters.
- Insert popsicle sticks into bananas, and freeze bananas on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. About 1-2 hours.
- Melt white chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring until the chocolate is melted and soft.
- Dip the bananas one at a time into the chocolate, scraping off the excess chocolate from the back of the banana, and place it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Quickly add the raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes before the white chocolate hardens.
- Return to the freezer until frozen and ready to eat.
Size: 1 banana pop
Calories: 98 • Fat: 4.5 g • Protein: 1.3 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 0.7 g • Sugar: 10.7 • Sodium: 13.8 mg
Recipe adapted from: skinnytaste.com & healthiana.com