Halloween is here, which can mean another month of sugar, sugar, sugar.
While I’m happy to let my little girls eat fistfuls of candy on October 31st, I don’t want the whole month to be a never-ending stream of treats.
But I still want to be a fun mom and make the month festive.
These ideas for fun nutritious snack options let me be fun without suffering the consequences of a month of hyper toddlers.
Ghost Milk. Use black stickers or a black washable marker to draw eyes and a mouth on a clear glass and then fill it up with milk (or, if you’re packing it in a lunch box, remove the label from a milk bottle and draw the face on there!).
Clementine or Orange Pumpkins. You’ve probably seen the peeled clementines with a tiny piece of celery in the top to look like a pumpkin – it’s darling! If that’s too much, just draw a little face on an unpeeled clementine or orange with a pen or marker.
String Cheese Ghosts. Unwrap a piece of string cheese and then shred the bottom half to make wispy ghost ends. Add some raisins or mini chocolate chips as eyes!
Candy Corn Fruit Plates. Use peeled pears, mandarin oranges, and pineapple chunks to make a candy corn shape. Easy and healthy.
Pepper Pumpkins. Cut the top of an orange bell pepper out like you would a pumpkin. Remove the seeds, then carefully cut a face in the front of the pepper. Replace the lid and voila! Tiny jack-o-lantern. For even more fun, fill the pepper with a thick dip like guacamole or hummus.
Spider Web Mini Pizzas. Spread an English muffin with tomato sauce, then use a piece of string cheese to make long strands of cheese and arrange it on top of the sauce in a spiderweb pattern. If you’d like, add a tiny spider or two cut from pepperoni! Bake until the cheese has melted.
Cheese Pumpkin Sandwich. Use a sharp knife to cut a face into a piece of American cheese, then place the cheese slice on a piece of bread.
Apple Slice Monster Teeth. Cut two thin apple slices, then smear peanut butter on one side of each slice. On one piece, arrange yogurt covered raisins like teeth, then put the other apple slice on top of the raisins with the peanut butter side down.
Spider Plums. Stick eight toothpicks into a plum (four on each side) to make a black spider. Add eyes with chocolate chips or dots of frosting if desired.
Banana Ghosts. Peel a banana and cut it in half to make two little ghosts. Use chocolate chips or raisins to make eyes and a mouth. Serve immediately.
What are your favorite nutritious Halloween snacks?
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