Before you go out trick-or-treating with your kiddos, invite your friends over for a costume party of your own to celebrate this spooky time of year. Keep in mind not all parties have to serve unhealthy foods in order for your guests to be impressed. These healthy Halloween food and drink ideas are great way to “treat” the company you will be having over at your house.
Now for picky hors d'oeuvres, these “candy corn” granola bars will surely satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. These bars are a healthy alternative from the traditional candy corns we all grew up and loved, just without all the sugar! All you need is to mix some toasted oats and sunflower seeds with melted honey in a pan until they stick together. Then form into triangular wedges, to mimic the shape of a candy corn. Once you have your bars in the applicable structure, press dried pineapple and dried apricots pieces in the bottom and second third of the bars, respectively, to outline the same color coordination as a typical candy corn would. Lastly dip the edges in plain non- or full-fat Greek yogurt (your choice), and freeze until the yogurt hardens. Serve these immediately and enjoy satisfying your sweet tooth with healthy sources of carbohydrates and fat!
Lastly, if you are in a crunch for time, and want your children to experience some wholesome snacks before they indulge in loads of candy on Halloween night, these three quick and easy bites will likely appeal to both their eyes and their stomachs! The first simple snack is peanut butter “candy” apples. Instead of dunking your apples in sugar-loaded caramel sauce, substitute that medium by dunking them in raw, salt- and sugar-free almond or peanut butter, for a healthier choice. The second of the goodies are clementine pumpkins; this stress-free preparation essentially consists of just peeling the clementine’s and placing a little piece of celery on the top to replicate the profile of a normal pumpkin. The third effortless snack is banana “ghosts”; merely peel the bananas, cut them in half, and place “O-shaped” chocolate bits on the bananas for the eyes and mouth. Your kids bellies will definitely be full and happy after eating these noshes! Happy Halloween!