October 29, 2016

Your kids will love these healthy Halloween treats

It’s Trick or Treat time this Halloween season, and while kids love getting traditional treats such as candies, chocolates, and cookies, we can’t help but worry about the amount of sugar the kids would consume (and we all know what happens when kids have too much of it). To address this worry, we have come up with a short list of Halloween treats that are healthier than most of what are given away, which you might want to consider offering to any youngster that comes knocking at your door. You can even make these with your kids and have a really amazing Halloween bonding time!

Banana Ghosts

Let us begin with Banana Ghosts. They may sound scary, but they are actually yummy and healthy. Bananas are known to contain several essential nutrients and have benefits for digestion, heart health, and weight loss.

banana ghost

Image courtesy of Hungry Girl (www.hungry-girl.com)

To make Banana Ghosts, prepare bananas and chocolate chips of two different sizes. First, cut the bananas crosswise. Then, use the chocolate chips as its eyes (smaller size) and mouth (bigger size). Push the pointy end of the chocolate chip into the side of the banana and you’re good to go.

To make it easier for the kids to hold them, you may also insert a popsicle stick at the bottom part of the banana.

Darkly Enchanting Apples

You could also make Darkly Enchanting Apples. Dark chocolate and apples are both healthy that, in fact, when you mix them, you can create an antioxidant-rich active twosome that may help protect your heart! This is a healthier alternative to the traditional caramel apple which is covered in sugar through and through. To make these Darkly Enchanting Apples, prepare apples, sticks, dark-chocolate baking discs or chips, and a parchment paper.


dark apples

Image courtesy of equalxchange.coop, Darkly Enchanting Apples with crushed nuts

You may use any apple of your choice, but make sure they are fresh and clean. Begin by removing the apple stems. Then, insert the sticks into the top of the apples. Set these aside. On the other hand, melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler, such as Winware Stainless 8 Quart Double Boiler with Cover. When done, dip each apple while slowly rotating until all sides are covered in chocolate. Place on a tray lined with parchment paper, and set in the fridge to cool.

You may also sprinkle crushed nuts, coconut shavings, or chopped up dried fruit on top of them.

Grilled Mummy

From fruits, let us move on to Grilled Mummy. Without the gimmick, this is just grilled cheese on whole grains with olives, but kids don’t love whole grains and olives no matter how healthy they are (olives have antioxidant nutrients and whole grains are packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, and trace minerals), so let’s make them more appealing and fitting to the Halloween season! You’ll need whole-wheat sandwich thins, tomato sauce, sliced olives, and sliced cheese (of your choice), which is among the richest dietary sources of calcium essential in bone health.

grilled mummy

Image courtesy of Ben’s Bakery

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Did you know that Samsung Freestanding Range with Self-cleaning Convection Oven (NE59J7630SB) is one of the best ovens of 2016? So if you’re looking for an oven to use this Halloween season, you may want to try this one. While preheating, split the sandwich thins in half. Then, spread some tomato sauce. Once done, line the sliced cheddar cheese, and placed the sliced olives as eyes. Bake for 10 minutes.

Orange Potion Juice

Lastly, offer something to drink to the tired kids with this Orange Potion Juice made from carrots and cantaloupe!

carrot cantaloupe

To prepare, all you need are three carrots and ½ cantaloupe. Simply cut the covering off of the cantaloupe and then juice it using a juicer like Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite, which is one of the best juicers this year, reports say. Do the same to the carrots. Once done, mix these two juices together before pouring in a glass or a mason jar with spooky faces design. Not only will this help quench their thirst, this would also supply the kids with beta-carotene and fiber content from the carrots and potassium, B vitamins, and magnesium from the cantaloupe!