A Healthier Halloween is possible -avoid the ‘Halloween Hangover”!
I’m not advocating a candiless holiday, but adding some healthier treats to the mix is possible and will go a long way in helping to reduce the Halloween hangover so many kids get after a night of trick or treating. Serving up fruits, cheese, nuts and even veggies is not a trick; it can be a treat. Here are two spooktacular ideas that the kids will love. They taste great, look festive, and guess what – they contain no added sugar (fructose)!
If you have ideas on how to serve up a healthier Halloween, please share them below. Either in the comments or as part of the link-up. We can help each other to serve our kids treats that will keep them healthy and allow them to have a Happy Halloween!
To create the Bat Bites pictured above you will need: a block of cheddar cheese, red seedless grapes, toothpicks, and blue corn tortilla chips. (Note: I like Garden Of Eatin’ Restaurant Style Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, there are organic, gluten-free and no sugar.)
Then assemble your Bat Bites in 4 easy steps:
- Cut your block of cheddar cheese into cubes (make sure they are at least 1?x1? to provide a stable base so your Bat Bite doesn’t tip over) and place on serving dish/platter/tray – arrange 3″ apart.
- Remove grapes from stem, wash and dry. Insert toothpicks into bottom of each grape (where the hole is from the stem.)
- Cut a tiny slit in both sides of grape (just big enough to insert the pointy tip of a chip) and gently insert chip (wing) into each slit.
- Insert “toothpick bat” into cube of cheese. Repeat until all are assembled and serve.
I’ve seen versions of this snack idea all over the internet. Many used marshmallows or candy for the teeth, so I modified it and replaced the sugary ingredient with nuts.
To create the Vampire Treats you will need all-natural peanut butter, red apples, lemon juice, and sliced almonds.
- Wash apples, slice into 8 slices and remove core/seeds from each slice.
- Lightly brush lemon juice over each apple slice to keep it from turning brown (great trick for any cut apples).
- Spread about a tbsp. of peanut butter on one slice of apple and then gently top with another apple slice.
- Place two slices of almond into the peanut butter to look like Vampire fangs, as pictured.
Note: Make a few then put out a platter of sliced apple, nuts and peanut butter with small plastic knives and let the kids make their own – they’ll have fun and eat more!
Now join the fun and add your own recipes below. Elizabeth and I can’t wait to see your ideas!