5 Spooktacularly Healthy Halloween Snacks
Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to pull out the spooky decorations and creepy costumes. Unfortunately, this holiday can also bring an excessive amount of added sugar, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We’re sharing our favorite healthy recipes that will have your little ghouls screaming in delight!
1. Monster Smiles
- Apple slices, about ½ inch thick
- Smooth peanut butter
- Mini marshmallows
Put a smile on your little monster’s face with these sweet treats. Spread peanut butter on only one side of each apple slice, and then press two pieces together at an angle. Add five mini marshmallow teeth in between, and apply gentle pressure to make sure everything sticks together.
2. Worms & Dirt
- Low-fat chocolate Greek yogurt
- Granola tossed with cocoa powder
- Sugar-free gummy worms
While you typically want to discourage your little goblin from eating worms, this dessert is both parent- and kid-approved! In small cups, spoon generous amounts of low-fat chocolate Greek yogurt, then top with the cocoa granola, and stick a couple of gummy worms in so they dangle out.
- Mini dark chocolate chips
Helping your child add potassium in their diet has never been spookier! Carefully remove bananas from their peels. Slice them in half, and gently press the chocolate chips into each banana to be the ghost’s mouth and eyes.
4. Frankenstein’s Toast
- Whole-grain bread
- Avocado, mashed and mixed with a squeeze of lemon juice
- Thin radish slices (or substitute slices of hard boiled eggs)
- Black olives
- Red bell pepper, thinly sliced
Halloween treats don’t have to be sweet! Toast your bread, and then spread a thick layer of the avocado mixture all over. Place two radish slices where your monster’s eyes will be, then put two olive rounds on top. Add a small sliver of red bell pepper underneath. Cut additional olives into quarters, and place them along the hairline. Finally, make a scar on the monster’s forehead with thin strips of olive.
5. Mini Pumpkins
- Clementines, peeled
- Celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
While these pumpkins don’t have a wicked grin, they still make a tasty and nutritious snack! Gently slice the top of the clementine to make a small hole, and place the celery in to become the stem. Feel free to leave a leaf or two on the celery for an extra touch.
We understand that having a safe and fun Halloween is on the top of your to-do list, and we’re here to help. Whether you’re looking for additional health advice or you’re concerned about your child’s dietary restrictions or food allergy, schedule an appointment with your Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician or pediatrician. Our team can help you have a safe and spooky season!