Halloween is a holiday filled with candy and junk food, but before despairing that your child’s teeth will be rotted out before November 2nd, there are a some delicious and easy healthy treat alternatives. Fruits and vegetables take center stage as they make their way into some Halloween treats. Try the ideas below to add a bit of healthy freshness to your holiday spread. Don’t worry, the fun is not totally taken out of the holiday – most of them still include a bit of sweet treats.
Snack Alternatives for Halloween
A red apple, cut into eighths makes the perfect backdrop for a set of Dracula teeth. On one side of the apple spread a thin layer of apple or peanut butter. Line up mini-marshmallows along the edge to represent teeth and then place another apple slice on top.
Cheesy Ghosts and Pumpkins
Instead of plain, square pieces of cheese on a platter, cut your cheese slices into the shape of ghosts. A small cookie cutter can do the trick. Use a white cheese for spooky ghosts and an orange cheese for mini-cheese pumpkins. Serve with a red cranberry dip (think blood-looking) and crackers.
Olives can be high in sodium, but they offer a better alternative to candy when served in a Halloween buffet. Stuff pitted black olives with a small slice of red pepper and label them as spooky eye balls. Served with the cheesy ghosts and pumpkins above, they make for a delicious snack. Don’t feel like stuffing black olives? Use the green olives that are already stuffed with pimento.
Mozzarella string cheese is a delicious, healthy snack that kids love. Cut a mozzarella cheese stick in half and place an almond slice at one end to represent a finger nail. Along the cheese stick, make small markings where knuckles would be to make it look more like a real finger.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
After spending hours carving your Halloween pumpkin, brush off those pumpkin seeds and slow roast them for a delicious and healthy treat. Serve them spicy or sweet to match your buffet theme.
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