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Tricks for Healthy Halloween Treats!

For kids, Halloween is that sweet time of year when they get the chance to dress up in costume and stock up on sweets, but for parents and educators it can be a nightmare!

We spend all year trying to encourage our kids to eat healthy foods and limit sweets; still the holiday can’t be all spooks and no fun.

Here are our tricks for a healthier Halloween:

  • Serve a healthy meal before kids go trick-or-treating-so they’re less hungry when the candy starts rolling in.
  • “Trick” kids into some exercise and encourage them to walk door-to-door instead of driving them.
  • Have kids select their favorite treats then make the rest do a disappearing act or give the rest away.
  • On Halloween night, be a little less "ghoulish" about eating candy, but then talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled.
  • Give out healthy alternatives to candy like: temporary tattoos, stickers, granola bars, trail mix or fruit leathers.

Scaringly-Sensible Treat Recipes:

coconut banana 2Boo-nanas
• Bananas
• Orange juice
• Shredded coconut
• Raisins or chocolate chips
• Wooden craft sticks
1. Cut banana in half.
2. Dip the peeled bananas in orange juice, then roll in shredded coconut.
3. Add raisins or chocolate chips for eyes, then insert wooden craft stick for a handle into each ½ banana.
4. Serve ½ a boo-nana as-is or frozen.

pumpkin drinkPumpkin Smoothie
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
¾ cup low-fat/non-fat milk or vanilla yogurt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons brown sugar
4 ice cubes
1. Combine ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.
2. Pour ½ cup of the smoothie into glass and serve.

Remember Halloween is a single day, if your family eats healthier during the rest of the year, it will have a greater impact than a few days of overindulging.

The tips and recipes above along with more great info can be found in the Let's Make Fall Healthy Newsletter Handouts.

Visit Learning ZoneXpress to see all of our nutrition education resources.

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