Drop the candy! Four Healthy Halloween Treat Alternatives

A few sweets never hurt anybody, right? Although nutritionists recommend sugar consumption in moderation (only 6 teaspoons per day for children), Halloween is often the ultimate test. In the wake of the candy tsunami, children eat about three cups of sugar – the equivalent to 220 sugar packets. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that consuming sugar in extreme levels (more than 25-30% of total calories), can result in nutrient deficiencies, diabetes and obesity.

This Halloween, encourage your kiddo to control their sweet tooth by limiting their daily candy intake. But the spooky fun doesn’t have to end! Satisfy their sweet tooth with these spooky (and delicious) healthy treats!

Witches’ Broomsticks

 

Ingredients:

  • Reduced-fat mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chives

Directions:

  1. To make the broom, slice the mozzarella stick across in thirds.
  2. Use a knife or scissors to cut a fringe pattern on the lower half of the cheese.
  3. Insert a pretzel stick into the cheese, making the broomstick, and tie a chive around the top.

Recipe courtesy of Everyday Health.

 

Banana Ghost Pops

Ingredients:

  • Yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Freeze bananas.
  2. Once bananas are frozen, cut each banana in thirds.
  3. Put a toothpick or popsicle stick in one end of each banana.
  4. Dip the banana in the yogurt and make sure to cover it all around.
  5. Roll the banana in coconut.
  6. Once it is covered in coconut, put two chocolate chips on for eyes.
  7. If you aren’t going to eat them right away, place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer.

Recipe courtesy of Super Healthy Kids.

 

Apple Monsters

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 1/3 cup, plus two teaspoons nut-free butter spread, divided (see note)
  • Puffed rice cereal
  • 4 red grapes, each sliced vertically in half
  • 8 green grapes
  • 16 chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Quarter and core the apple, then quarter each piece again, so you have 16 thin wedges.
  2. Spread one teaspoon of nut-free butter on each apple slice.
  3. Lay half of the apple slices on top of the other halves, (matching up nut-free butter sides so the apple slices stick together) to create the “mouth.”
  4. Push puffed rice “teeth” gently into the nut-free butter, all around the “mouth,” leaving room to place a red grape “tongue” on the bottom slice of each “mouth.”
  5. Place one red grape half in the center of each bottom slice to create the “tongue.”
  6. To create the “eyes,” slice the ends off the green grapes, then cut each grape in half horizontally. (If your grapes are exceptionally large, you may get more than two “eyes” out of each one.)
  7. Using the tip of the knife, make a small slit in the top of each grape half, then place a chocolate chip, pointy-end down, into the grape, pushing the point of the chocolate chip into the slit you cut.
  8. Place two small dollops of nut-free butter on the top portion of each “mouth,” then gently press a grape “eye” onto each dollop.
  9. Enjoy immediately, or store in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving.

Recipe courtesy of two healthy kitchens.

 

Spider Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet morsels
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups pretzel sticks

Directions:

  1. Place parchment paper on baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a large glass microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Melt on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in pretzel sticks. With clean hands grab pretzel sticks and drop on prepared baking sheet in clusters to look like spiders.
  4. Place in freezer for 5 minutes or until to chocolate is hardened. Remove and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network.

We hope these healthy treats help you have a fa-boo-lous holiday! And don’t forget – Urgent Care for Children is open 365 days a year, even during the spooky seasons!