Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the candy! Today on Great Day Washington, I shared sweet and spooky snacks that will get kids excited about eating healthier this Halloween.
Build your spooky snacks around veggies
My first tip is to build your spooky snacks around veggies – they’re low in calories and high in filling fiber, vitamins and minerals. I shared celery witches fingers and celery mummies made with Dandy Celery which was developed to be sweeter, crispier and have fewer strings so it’s easier for kids to eat. These fit my criteria for snacks with staying power because you are pairing fiber with protein!
Build your sweet snacks around fruit
My next tip is to build your sweet snacks around fruit. I shared spiders and frogs made with the Zespri SunGold kiwifruit. I love about this fruit because it has three times more vitamin C than an orange and it’s super easy to eat – simply slice, scoop and enjoy. You can find them at Safeway, Giant, Wegmans, Lidl and Food Lion in the D.C. area.
Build pre trick-or-treating snacks around protein
Next up I shared spooky snacks with staying power centered around protein-rich cheese. I made mozarella eyeballs, cheddar pumpkin and crackers and gouda monster snack cups using the Roth all-natural snack cheeses which are individually wrapped so they’re great for lunchboxes, only 70 calories each with 5 grams of protein and come in bags of 6 or 10. You can find them at Safeway, Giant, Harris Teeter and Whole Foods in the D.C. area.
A nutrient-dense swap for refined sugar
I shared my favorite nutrient-rich sugar swap for your Halloween treats – Natural Delights Medjool dates. Unlike refined sugar, which is a pure carbohydrate, medjool dates add sweetness along with fiber AND more potassium than bananas by weight. I used them in scary mouths, a medjool date snake and 2-ingredient nuts + medjool date cookies.