Love Halloween but hate the focus on candy and sugar-filled snacks? Make easy tangerine pumpkins with your kids this fall (or try one of the
8 9 other healthy Halloween treats) for a magical, healthy, and happy Halloween!
I love celebrating the seasons and holidays with my children. A special treat or simple activity can help to create a memory that will last their entire lives. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of making Christmas candy with my Mom or preparing May Day baskets for our neighbors.
School Time = Sugar
Today there is a lot more unhealthy food in schools then when I was a kid. School can mean a sugar overload for kids including:
- Candy rewards and prizes.
- Classmates’ elaborate birthday sweets.
- Class parties full of processed foods and treats.
The amount of sugar and unhealthy ingredients escalates from Halloween through the Christmas season. I love all the fun that the kids are having, but get a little disgruntled when I have to be the healthy eating police for 3 straight months (October-January).
I want to prepare treats that thrill and delight my kiddos! The good news is, with a little creativity, you can be the parent who provides exciting healthy Halloween treats that are both cute and nutritious.
Healthy Halloween Treats
My favorite healthy Halloween treat is Pumpkin Tangerines… my kids call them Orange Pumpkins and then chuckle because all pumpkins are orange (kid jokes, gotta love ’em!).
The tasty treats are easy to assemble and could not be any cuter! (Tip: Save the peels to make Orange Vinegar for Cleaning). IThey are perfect for a school party, a lunch box or even a side dish at your Halloween dinner.
- Tangerines, mandarin oranges or clementines (seedless)
- Celery stalks and leaves
- Peel tangerines, use your fingernail or a small paring knife to scrape off as much white membranes as possible. (Save the peels to make Orange Vinegar for Cleaning)
- Wash, dry and slice celery
- Cut 1-2 inch narrow pieces from the tops of the celery and insert into the peeled tangerines
- Cut leaves from the celery tops and arrange to look like pumpkin leaves.
More Healthy Snack Ideas
Kids can’t live on tangerine’s alone! This list of healthy Halloween treats links to easy, nutritious, and adorable Halloween snacks:
|Edible Carrot Eyeballs from Family FunThese veggies snacks are ghoulishly delicious! Made from carrot slices, cream cheese & black olives you can feel great about serving them to your kids. Dislike cream cheese? Try subbing Greek yogurt dip.|
|Candy Corn Fruit Cups from Nellie BellieTurn candy corn into a sweet treat of healthy fruit. The recipe uses oranges, pineapple & whipped topping to mimic the look of the Halloween staple. I use Greek yogurt or whipped coconut milk in place of whipped topping to maximize the nutritional value of this treat.|
|Frozen Banana Pops from Super Healthy KidsFrozen bananas, yogurt, coconut and chocolate chips make these spectacularly healthy specters. Use raisinis in place of chocolate chips if you want to avoid sweets all together. You can also make an easier after-school-snack version by simply putting fresh peeled bananas on sticks and adding eyes of raisins or mini chocolate chips.|
|Apple Witches Teeth from Shape.comWhat terrible teeth you have, Madame! Apples and slivered almonds quickly come together in this healthy snack. Have a nut allergy? Use bits of pretzel sticks or even rice crispies to get the same look with no nuts.|
|String Cheese Witches Brooms from Cocinando Con CatmanThese string cheese, pretzels and chives brooms will transport your little witches and warlocks across the moon. These adorable treats would also be perfect for a Harry Potter party snack.|
|Snack-o-Lantern Cups from Bright Concepts for TeachersSome school require all snacks to be pre-wrapped. What’s a healthy mom to do? Buy mandarin orange cups packed in juice and draw on simple jack-o-lantern faces.|
|Candy Corn Fruit Pops from Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons ANother healthy take on classic Halloween candy corn. These adorable fresh fruit skewers are made from fruit slices and lollypop sticks. Easy peasy!|
|Zombie Finger Cheese Sticks from A Little LunchZombies are all the rage (have you seen my Zombie gift boxes?). Capitalize on their popularity to get kids eating healthy snacks made from mozzarella string cheese, cream cheese, and bell peppers slices. Want to go vegetarian? Peel and slice cucumber sticks into fingers and attach the pepper fingernails with veggie dip.|
|Maple Nut Granola Cluster with Chocolate Eyeballs – Homemade granola is more fun when it comes in tasty clusters that are decked out in edible chocolate eyeballs. Get the granola recipe and learn to make easy edible eyeballs.|
Bonus Tip: Make healthy Halloween treats more fun with my free printable Halloween treat bag toppers.
Are you planning a Halloween party this year? Make sure you check out my easy and affordable Halloween decorations.
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