Healthy Snacks & Sweet Treats Magazine
The weather outside of Chicago, where I live, has finally started to cool down. So, my family and I have been taking walks around the neighborhood more often. It's really exciting to see all the decorations that are starting to pop up for Halloween and it has me thinking about Trick or Treat time.
On one hand, I want to keep my kitchen stocked with healthy treats, but on the other hand, I want to have fun, holiday inspired treats. So, I've come up with a few healthy or at least healthier sweet treat options.
Little Orange Pumpkins / Jack-O-Lanterns: There is not much compromising with these cuties, pun intended. The jack-o-lanterns are just easy-to-peel clementines that I drew a smiley face on and the little pumpkin is one that I peeled and put a bit of celery on top for a stem. Super easy and super yummy.
Ghostly Meringues: Meringues taste like crunchy little clouds of flavored sugar and are the perfect sweet snack when you want just a little something sweet. When making them, I don't skimp on the vanilla and use real vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste. Trust me here, its really worth it and for the eyes and mouth, just use a bit of chocolate sauce.
Banana Ghosts: Did you ever notice how a banana cut in half looks like a ghost? Well try pushing in a chocolate chip for the mouth and two mini chips for the eyes. Now do you see it? A perfectly simple banana ghost.
Lastly, of course, I want to remind you about our amazing Better Bites, chocolate covered peanut butter cup bites. They are the most amazing tasting sweet treat out there. In fact, they are so delicious, its tough to say that they're healthy candy, but they are!
I hope that these Halloween treat ideas work for you and your family and if you have any other thoughts, let me know!
Photo Credit: Ghosts: flickr user: cozinhando fantasias
Photo Credit: Pumpkins: Me!
The best healthy snacks for kids are any healthy snacks your kids will not only eat, but enjoy. Now the trick is getting them to try them in the first place.
Fruit & veggies cut into fun shapes – This one is fun for everyone. Instead of the usual fruit and veggie chunks, you can buy metal cookie cutters pretty cheap and cut out fun shapes like stars and hearts. For a bit of protein, you can try this same trick with pieces of an omelet. It’s a nice way to brighten both your kids and your day with a happy, healthy snack.
Let your kids help cook healthy snacks and meals – I’ve noticed that my son is much more likely to eat healthy snacks when he helps me to cook. Whether its adding cheese to his favorite quesadilla or stirring, if he helps “cook” he is usually more excited to eat.
Hide healthy ingredients in their favorite foods - this one is my favorite and the inspiration behind Better Bites. Although it’s best to teach kids to enjoy healthy foods in all its forms, sometimes we just have to be real and realize kids are kids. Some days my kids love raisins and some days they will throw them across the floor.
I hope that these easy healthy snack ideas help you and your family as much as they do ours. Please let me know if they worked for you or if you have any ideas that work for your family.
Thanks for stopping by!
photo credit: flickr user: Anathea Utely
photo credit: flickr user: Joy