It’s that time of year when candy and chocolate are everywhere. All wrapped in orange and black, there just seems to be no way to escape them. While we all love a good sugary treat, it’s important to remember that there are some delicious, healthy, and just as appealing alternatives that can keep the Halloween spirit alive without sending your blood sugar soaring.
Nothing beats a juicy, ripe piece of fruit like a crisp apple or tangy orange. Consider offering the trick-or-treaters mini apples, tangerines, or grapes that are perfectly portioned and, how not, delicious. You can even get creative with apple slices decorated as holiday ghosts or oranges turned into jack-o’-lantern faces. Go creative and be wild!
For a chillingly creamy alternative, we love yogurt-covered banana slices. It is very simple and very yummy. Dip the banana wheels into pure white Greek yogurt, freeze them until firm, and voila! You have a ghostly goodie that’s as fun to make as it is to eat. Enjoy!
Spooky Pumpkin Seeds
This one is more for the parents and maybe less for the trick-or-treaters. Take the leftover pumpkin seeds, and roast them up with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt for a crunchy, nutritious treat. The seeds are packed with protein and fiber that will keep you energized for walking the kids down the decorated streets.
Banana and Peanut Butter Wraps
Wrap sliced bananas in whole-grain tortillas smeared with a layer of peanut or almond butter. Add a couple of raisins for eyes, and you’ve got yourself a delightful mummy snack that’s sure to please the little monsters. Halloween is such a creative holiday; there is no need to be intimidated by the sweets and chocolate bars. There is a solution for everything.
Cheese and Pretzel Snacks
One thing we love about this holiday is that everything is themed. Unlike Christmas, when all you do is throw a little glitter and you can call it festive when it comes to Halloween- everything becomes alive. Combine cheese sticks with pretzel rods to create adorable witches’ broomsticks. Cut the cheese into thin strips and use a knife to make “broom” bristles. Attach them to the pretzel sticks, and you’ll have a snack that’s not only fun to eat but also provides a good source of calcium.
We like to think of Popcorn as a whole-grain snack that can be dressed up in all sorts of spooky ways. Try mixing it with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a touch of cocoa powder for a hauntingly good twist. You can even toss in some dried fruits or nuts for added flavor and nutrition. This great innovative idea can be adopted all year round, and not just on Halloween.