We know the day is coming when your children will come home, sugared up and toting a crunched party bag filled with candies from the school Halloween party. And yet they'll be "hungry" despite filling their bellies with treats just an hour before.
Why not turn their attention to a little (healthy) Halloween food fun instead?
We checked out Pinterest favorites to find kid-friendly snacks and smoothies that were simple enough our young cooks could easily pull off in the kitchen and fast enough to pull off that the most impatient, hangry child can wait for. Some snack ideas were so simple they don't need a recipe - such as making "monster teeth" out of apple pieces, peanut butter and mini marshmallows.
Along the way we had some fails. White chocolate-covered Boo-Nana Pops? Not so much. While it sounds easy, melting white chocolate to the right temperature and consistency can be tough for adult cooks, let alone young chefs who are just learning kitchen skills.
Check out these three healthy Halloween snacks and smoothies kids can make.
- Mini chocolate chips
- Thin pretzel sticks
- Cut off one end of the kiwi so that it will sit flat.
- With a vegetable peeler, peel the kiwi, leaving some of of the fuzzy skin at the top for "hair."
- Use mini chocolate chips to create a face.
- Use broken pieces of pretzel sticks to create the look.
Consider this the orange "base." More adventurous smoothie lovers can add other color and antioxidant-boosting ingredients like chopped carrots, fresh papaya, peaches or tumeric.
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 3/4 cup milk or orange juice
- 1 container Greek yogurt
- Blend all ingredients. Add ice for desired consistency.
This parfait has the flexibility of being used with Greek yogurt for breakfast or a hearty snack or pudding for a fun dessert. Yes, it includes a bit of sweets, but everything in moderation.
- Vanilla or banana pudding flavored Greek yogurt, or use vanilla or banana pudding, prepared according to package directions
- Whipped topping
- Candy eyeballs for baking
- Create layers of yogurt, Cheerios and whipped topping in a glass.
- Top with candy eyeballs. (Note, the coloring on the eyeballs will "bleed" if they get wet, so mixing the eyes within the topping is not ideal.)
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By Robbie Schneider
Social Media Manager