Looking for ways to cut the junk from your Halloween festivities? Check out these tips from ten-year-old chef Amber for healthy, kid-approved snacks with a spooky theme.
These healthy foods aren't only good nutrition, preparing them with the kids is a great Halloween-themed activity do do before going trick or treating. Let the kids carve the puking peppers while you prepare the zucchini spaghetti. Curb their sugar cravings and keep them energized for the evening with creepy apple bites with peanut butter and almonds.
To give your Halloween treat bowl a make over, look for small single-serving packages of snack mix, pretzels, dried fruit, popcorn, and whole grain crackers or corn chips. Kids love these options and they have less sugar than traditional candy bars. Sugar-free gum, 100% juice boxes, and small bottles of water are also good ideas.
Another option for trick-or-treaters is non-food treats like Halloween pencils, pens, stickers, tattoos, and spider rings. Small Halloween-themed toys are available at most craft stores or large general merchandise retailers.
Talk with your kids before they go trick-or-treating and agree on a how much and when candy can be consumed each day to prevent them from gobbling up the whole lot in a day or two. As with any treat, candy can be a part of children's healthful eating plans in moderation.