Halloween is always a fun time for kids, but it can be frightfully full of gooey, sugar-and-fat-laden concoctions that can scare away any health-minded parent. This year, offer your kids treats that will delight their sense of fun and satisfy your need to serve something nutritious. Our list of ghoulishly great snacks will make a perfect Halloween party for your favorite witches and warlocks.
Our Happy Jack Cookies, Pumpkin-Raisin Bread and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds are nutritional powerhouses disguised as tasty treats. Like most bright orange fruits and vegetables, pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, an important antioxidant. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body, which is needed for healthy eyes and good night visionsomething your little goblins will need for trick-or-treating. Pumpkin is also loaded with vitamin C and is a good source of folate. Full of protein and vitamin E, pumpkin seeds make a great snack for kids. Pack these crunchy bites in their lunches as a healthy alternative to chips.
Haunted Hayride Apples may sound intimidating but they're really easy to make. Just mix together raisins, walnuts, a bit of sugar and a few spices, fill your apples to the brim and bake. Apples are high in fiber and are also a good source of vitamin C and they're what make our Apple-Walnut Cookies so moist and sweet.
Our Ghostly Good Meringues are light as air and a sweet treat that won't send your kids down cavity lane. Little ones will have fun decorating the ghosts with colored sugar for a wicked effect. Scare up some Goblin Bars for a snack that can go beyond Halloween. These bars make the most of crunchy pecans and chewy, iron-rich raisins and double as lunch box surprises and great after-school snacks.
The black beans in our Black Cat Bean Dip are an excellent source of folate and also provide a healthy amount of iron and fiber. Pair the dip with the Witches Hats for a substantial and wholesome nibble that's sure to please monster appetites.
You won't even have to trick your kids into eating these nutritious snacks:
Happy Jack Cookies
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Haunted Hayride Apples
Ghostly Good Meringues
Black Cat Bean Dip with Witches Hats