Fun (& Healthy) Halloween Treats

Celebrate a Healthy Halloween in the classroom with healthy & nutrition- friendly treats. This year, choose healthy treats to serve at your kid’s class parties, pack in school lunches, offer at the next playdate, or let kids munch on them before heading out to trick or treat. Teachers and other parents will thank you.

Witches’ Teeth:
Core and quarter an apple. Remove wedge from skin side of each quarter to form a mouth. Insert variously shaped and sized slivered almonds for teeth.

 

 

Boonana Pops
Give your kids a scare by making these easy and healthy frozen “Boo-nana” pops. All you’ll need are some just-ripe bananas, popsicle sticks and raisins (for the eyes). Freeze them up, and serve. The kids will have fun chasing each other with their ghostly friends.

Bewitching Brooms
These little brooms are the perfect snack. All you’ll need is stick pretzels, string cheese, and uncut chives to create these salty sweepers.

 

Easy Fruit Cups
All you need is individually packaged mandarin orange or peach cups and a permanent marker. Draw jack-o’- lantern faces on the packaging and you are done.

 Orange Fruit Cups
To make one lantern, use a small knife to slice the top off a navel orange and cut around its interior to hollow it out. Scoop out the orange segments, chop them, and mix them with canned or fresh fruit salad. Carve small facial features in one side of the orange, then cut a slit in the lid to accommodate the handle of a green plastic spoon. Fill the lantern with fruit salad. Insert the spoon and set the lid in place.

Strawberry Ghosts
You need fresh strawberries, 8 ounces white baking chocolate chopped, 1 teaspoon shortening, 1/8 teaspoon almond extract and 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips?. Wash strawberries and gently pat with paper towels until completely dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate and shortening at 50% power; stir until smooth. Stir in extract. Dip each strawberry in chocolate mixture; place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, allowing excess chocolate to form the ghosts’ tails. Immediately press chocolate chips into coating for eyes. Freeze for 5 minutes. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip a toothpick into melted chocolate and draw a mouth on each face.

Popcorn
Fill the kids with a fiber-filled snack, popcorn. You can focus on the sweet or the salty with popcorn. After you pop your popcorn, pour it out onto parchment paper. Melt white or milk chocolate  in a measuring cup. Pour the chocolate over the popcorn and mix to cover each piece. Form balls before the chocolate hardens. If you want more of a Halloween touch, you can mix the white chocolate with orange food coloring or sprinkle orange and Halloween shaped candy sprinkles on the popcorn. If you prefer a salty snack, make some butter popcorn.

Butter Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups pumpkin seeds, 3 to 4 teaspoons melted butter or oil, salt to taste (try seasoned salt, garlic salt, or other herb blends for a different taste). Preheat oven to 300°F. Clean seeds. It’s ok to leave a little of the pulp or string on the seeds but remove the excess. Toss the pumpkin seeds with melted butter or oil and the seasonings. Spread to a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until lightly golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

 

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