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