Insider’s Viewpoint: Expert Supermarket Advice
Halloween doesn’t have to be all about candy! Enjoying sweets in moderation can be fun, but so can sitting down as a family with these 10 creative and nutritious “spooky” Halloween snack ideas:
- Fingers w/Nails. Spread the tips of baby carrots with a bit of hummus and press a sliced almond onto each to resemble a finger with a nail. Serve with extra hummus for dipping.
- Ghost. Swirl vanilla Greek yogurt into the shape of a ghost on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Use 1 whole raisin for the mouth and 2 raisin halves for eyes.
- Eyeballs. Halve a hardboiled egg and place a sliver of an olive in the middle of each yolk to make eggy eyeballs.
- Pumpkin Cookies. Use a pumpkin cookie cutter to form mashed sweet potatoes into the shape of a pumpkin. Then, to make a jack-o’-lantern, add peas for the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Green Monster. Make a “green monster” smoothie using 6 ounces of plain yogurt, up to 1 cup of your child’s favorite fruit and a handful of spinach.
- Chocolate Fruit. For a sweet treat, partially dip clementine segments into melted dark chocolate and allow to cool and harden on waxed paper.
- Spooky Rice. Swap out your standard rice for spooky black rice, and add some roasted chunked sweet potato, butternut squash or pumpkin for a savory dinner side dish.
- Candy Corn Parfait. Make a candy corn parfait: crushed pineapple for the yellow base, chopped oranges for the orange middle, and a decadent dollop of coconut cream for the white top.
- Mummy Pizza. Make crust-less mummy pizzas using zucchini slices as the base. Top with a low-sodium tomato sauce and position 2 slivers of olives (or diced mushroom) toward the top for eyes. Surround the eyes with reduced-fat shredded cheese to resemble the mummy “wrapping.” Bake on a lightly greased, foil-wrapped sheet at 350°F until the cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes.
- Lips & Teeth. Spread peanut butter between 2 apple slices so they resemble lips, and stick slivered almonds or pine nuts in between to look like teeth.
- Spiders. Make some fruit spiders by using a plum for the spider’s body and black grapes threaded onto pretzel sticks for the legs.
By filling your kid’s day with these festive yet healthy Halloween-inspired foods, you can feel good about them indulging in a few pieces of well-earned holiday candy at the end of the night.
Natalie Menza, MS, RD
Manager of Health and Wellness
Wakefern Food Corporation
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