Halloween treats don't have to be boring. Try these
broomsticks made from pretzel sticks and string
children will have plenty of candy on Halloween. That much
is a given.
what do you do if you want them to eat more nourishing food
as well? How do you offer children a healthy treat without
them thinking it is a trick?
answer is to make healthful food fun. Halloween is the most
wickedly enjoyable holiday of the year, anyway, so kids will
devour good-for-you snacks when they are presented in the
spirit of the day.
bit of creativity, an assortment of vegetables can be turned
into a spooky and vitamin-rich skeleton of fun. A few
chocolate chips turn a banana into a delicious ghost. String
cheese and a pretzel stick make a delightful witch’s
broom. Put the right shape of celery on top of a peeled
clementine, and presto! — you have juicy pumpkins that are
high in Vitamin C.
possibilities are endless. Just use your imagination and
some edible craftiness to create haunting snacks your little
ghosts and goblins will crave.
may even forget all about the candy.
PUMPKINS AND BANANA GHOSTS
regular-sized chocolate chips, and 16 mini chocolate chips
clementines or mandarin oranges
Peel the bananas and cut them in half. Place the cut side
down so the banana halves stand up.
small chocolate chips to make ghost eyes and large chocolate
chips to make ghost mouths.
Peel the clementines or mandarins.
the celery lengthwise into thirds and then across into
1/2-inch pieces. Insert the celery pieces in the tops of the
peeled clementines to resemble pumpkins.
serving: 132 calories; 2 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; no
cholesterol; 2 g protein; 30 g carbohydrate; 20 g sugar; 4 g
fiber; 9 g sodium; 37 mg calcium.
sticks of string cheese
chives or celery
Using kitchen scissors, cut the ends off each string cheese
stick (about 2 inches long).
one end of the cheese into strips, being careful not to cut
all the way to the top. Fan out cheese strips as best you
Take one side of the scissors and gently stick it into the
uncut side of the cheese, to make a little hole for the
pretzel. Slowly twist the pretzel stick into the hole, being
careful not to tear the cheese.
a string of fresh chives around the top of each cheese
serving: 43 calories; 3 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 8 mg
cholesterol; 4 g protein; 1 g carbohydrate; no sugar; no
fiber; 128 g sodium; 100 mg calcium.
assorted cut-up fresh veggies (red and yellow bell pepper
strips, cucumber slices, snow peas, mushroom slices, celery
sticks, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, broccoli florets,
and cauliflower florets)
pitted black olive, sliced
Take a small bowl for the ranch dressing and line half of it
with lettuce (for the skeleton’s hair), then fill the bowl
with ranch and place it at the head of a large tray or
baking sheet. Use two slices of black olive for the eyes.
Arrange your veggies on the tray to resemble a skeleton. Use
our picture as your guide and change a few things to make it
serving: 80 calories; 4.5 g fat; 9 g carbohydrates; 93 g
sugar; 380 mg sodium; 1 g fiber; 1 g protein; 10 mg