It’s that time of year again where those of us who are parents or guardians of small children (and even teenagers), have to play policeman and watch guard over the Halloween treats that our children receive. For better or worse, we’re tasked with providing direction on what our kids should and should not eat (think a treat that may have spoiled because of days of sitting in the bag your child used when “trick or treating” or one that’s sure to break a tooth), and how much they can/should eat in one sitting, etc. It kind of makes you feel “batty”, right?
We can’t control the healthiness of treats that our children receive from knocking on neighbors’ doors, or at friends’ or school Halloween celebrations, but the good news is we can make sure that the treats we give out at our own spook-tacular get-togethers, or provide for parties our children will be attending, are somewhat healthier than standard Halloween fare, particularly candy. We can also make sure the treats and meals we serve to our family, leading up to and on Halloween, are fairly healthy ones. Read our ideas below for scaring up healthier Halloween treats.
Sweeten Things Up Naturally
One food item our friends and family always find hauntingly delicious is fruit. Who doesn’t love a naturally sweet strawberry, banana, apple, pineapple, grape, or slice of melon? Simply by dipping the aforementioned fruit in simple-ingredient, clean-label caramel or chocolate – there’s no need to cover it entirely – you can make beautiful Halloween treats with no artificial ingredients. We guarantee, like any good Halloween vampires, family members will enjoy sinking their teeth into these bewitching treats; meanwhile, that gorgeous fruit will be providing nutrients and fiber everyone needs. Watch how to make Halloween fruity beauties from YoYoMax. And, learn how to make a “ghostly fruit dip” from twohealthykitchens.com.
Stir Up Savory Instead of Sugary Treats
Since you know that your children will have lots of opportunities for snacking on sugary treats during the Halloween season, you may want to forego making and/or serving sugary treats for any celebrations at your home or for the festivities family members will be attending. We believe you can stir up savory vs. super-sweet, spell-binding treats that will still have that Halloween magic. Check out these “deviliciously delicious” appetizers/finger food ideas from Woman’s Day Magazine, these Halloween-season savory treats from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, and hauntingly good recipes from Food Network.
And, of course, we know how you can simplify any of the savory dips you serve related to some of the recipes above. Simply use our salsa and guacamole dip mixes to stir up dips to put any of your guests under your Halloween spell, and if you haven’t got the time to prepare complex recipes, just serve carrot and celery sticks, grape or cherry tomatoes, or cucumber slices along with our easy-to-make, great tasting dips.
Send Trick-or-Treaters Off With Light Meals
We all know our favorite trick or treaters – and likely the adults who take them trick or treating – are going to sneak a treat or two from their Halloween bag as they go door-to-door, and without a doubt, beg us to let them taste some of their Halloween booty when they get home. Why not send them off with a light, but festive meal before they head out? We love these fun Halloween supper ideas from PopSugar.
Scare and Share
We’d love to hear and see all the treats (healthier and not-so-healthy) you scare up this Halloween, so please do share with us on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, where we’ll be sharing sweet ideas for Halloween treats using #heavenlyhalloween #healthierhalloween #appleactivities #apeoverapples #appleacumen and #caramelcrush.
And, despite the theme of our post, we know that some of you may still want to haunt Halloween with some less-healthy treats. We’ve collected a mixture of both “good witch” and “bad witch” treats at https://www.pinterest.com/concordfoods/heavenly-halloween/
We wish all our readers and their friends and family a gloriously ghoulish and safe Halloween!