5 Healthy, Kid-Approved Halloween Snacks—No Tricks, Just Treats

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5 Healthy, Kid-Approved Halloween Snacks—No Tricks, Just Treats

Remember what Halloween used to be like? Plastic, jack-o-lantern buckets filled with candy, candy, and still more candy. Today, with nutrition experts warning against too much added sugar, all those fun-sized treats are now frowned upon. What are kids to do? What are parents supposed to do? Bring back the fun—and still keep things healthy—with these homemade Halloween snack ideas.

1. MAKE JACK-O-LANTERN SNACKS AND MEALS

To make every day foods more festive, think like a pumpkin and start carving. Try cutting spooky faces into oranges for a fun lunch box snack. Or carve orange peppers before stuffing them with Mexican-spiced beans and rice, and bake them for dinner. A great party trick: Arrange carrots in the shape of a jack-o-lantern, with olives or cucumbers for a smile, and small cups of hummus dip for eyes.

2. SERVE CANDY CORN FRUIT PARFAITS

Candy corn is delicious, but it’s not healthy—and it certainly doesn’t help kids learn about healthy foods. Make a candy corn-themed parfait instead. Fill a glass with a layer of tangerines, then a layer of pineapple, and top it with a dollop of whipped cream or coconut cream. Finish it off with an actual piece of candy corn for effect.

3. SCARE UP SOME TRAIL MIX

Combine chopped chocolate chips, raw coconut flakes, and almonds, and portion the mixture out into small containers for your kids. It’s a decadent treat without excess sugar or preservatives—I promise, your kids won’t miss those mini candy bars.

4. ENJOY FROZEN BOO-NANAS

Cut bananas in half and add a popsicle stick at the bottom. Take a few chocolate chips and pop them into the banana halves to create eyes and mouths. Then, freeze them for a delicious, spooky dessert.

5. TRY SPOOKY MONSTER GRILLS

My favorite Halloween snack? These Monster Grills, pictured above. They’re healthy, silly, and perfect for kids. I love munching on them after a run for a boost of healthy protein and carbs. Here’s the recipe:

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my Healthy Halloween Pinterest Board. And follow MyFitnessPal on Pinterest while you’re at it.

Earn Your Favorite Halloween Candy [Infographic]

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Earn Your Favorite Halloween Candy [Infographic]

Halloween is full of festive activities, including the trick-or-treating tradition for both young and old alike. With candy around every corner it may feel difficult to practice moderation. A fun-size Snickers here, a mini bar Twix there–it’s all too easy to gobble up your fair share of empty calories and added sugar, even if your treats are portion appropriate.

This Halloween, stay on track. Use the infographic below to learn how much added sugar you’re getting from your treats, and what it takes to earn your Halloween candy.

We’ve calculated how many minutes of trick-or-treating it would take for you to burn off your favorite fun-sized candy based on the average male and female body size. Here are our assumptions; keep them in mind as you scan through the graphic below:

  • The average male (5’8 and 195 pounds) burns 100 calories in 23 minutes walking at 2.5 miles per hour.
  • The average female (5’3 and 166 pounds) burns 100 calories in 27 minutes walking about 2.5 miles per hour.

We used 2.5 miles per hour because the national average walking speed is about 3 miles per hour, but we thought you may need to slow down for the little ones!

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by CINDY MA
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