With the plethora of sweets that will be floating around this week at school, let’s step up our games and bring in some healthy treats to help our lil’ sweeties thrive, instead of crash and burn with all.that.sugar. Take a look at our list of healthy snack ideas below, and feel free to share any others that you may have. If we work together, teaching our kids that health is our greatest wealth, can be much more easily achieved, by showing our kids that HEALTHY = FUN!!!! Let’s do it!!!!
Place the sliced oranges (or peeled tangerines) into a large bowl. Place a layer of grapes, or blueberries or anything you desire into the hollowed out triangle spaces for the eyes and nose. Place sliced apples into the curve of the Jack o’lantern’s smile. Finish with a few slices of green apple for the stem. Enjoy!
Cheese & Pretzel Broomstick
Mozzarella string cheese sticks
Tiny pretzel rods
Chives or green onion
Cut the cheese sticks in half.
Using a small knife, cut the bottom part of each half into strips.
Insert a pretzel rod into the uncut end of the cheese stick.
Wrap cheese with chive or thin strip of green onion and knot.
Don’t save the cheese platters just for adults! Make them kid-friendly with these Halloween shaped cut-outs. Try out any shape you or your little one’s desire! Great activity for kids to help with as well!!
It doesn’t get much better than a chocolate dipped strawberry! These strawberry ghosts are cute, easy to make and perfect for Halloween!
1 (16 oz) package Vanilla CANDIQUIK Coating
24 Fresh strawberries
Mini chocolate chips
Melt Candiquik in tray according to directions on package.
Place a large piece of wax or parchment paper on a flat surface.
Dip strawberries in melted Candiquik Coating, remove and allow the excess coating to pour off onto the wax paper to form the “tail” of the ghost; slide the strawberry back and set on wax paper to dry.
Before coating has set, place two mini chocolate chips on as the eyes. For the mouth, cut off the tip of a mini chocolate chip and place on the strawberry with the bottom side facing up.
1 bag of large, red, seedless grapes
1 tub of caramel dip for apples
2 Tbls sour cream
Lollipop sticks or toothpicks (optional)
Crushed nuts, m&ms or sprinkles (optional)*
Heat the caramel in the microwave for 10 second intervals until it is warm and has smooth consistency. Mix in 2 Tablespoons of sour cream. Dunk the grapes that are on the sticks into the caramel to cover. Roll in chopped nuts, sprinkles, or crushed m&ms.
To make them stand up, you need to make sure there is an excess amount of caramel on the bottom and place them on a lined baking sheet. (You could possible cut off a very small portion of the grape to make a flat surface to ensure that it will stand up, but that would be tedious). Cool in the fridge.
*You can use any type of garnish you would like. I know many classrooms are nut-free, so we are going to use sprinkles instead.
Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries
2 large sweet potatoes
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1. Peel the skin from both sweet potatoes and slice the tips off.
2. Use a sharp knife to cut a small “V” shape in the center of the sweet potato.
3. Slice the sweet potato in 1/8″ thin slices. Use a small sharp knife to “carve” jack-o-lantern faces into each sweet potato.
4. Mix the spices and melted coconut oil in a bowl and brush on both sides of your jack-o-lanterns
4. Place the sweet potato fries on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
Jack-o-lantern Fruit Cups
-Medium Navel Oranges
-Mixed Fruit (any you desire)
1. Slice off the tops of the oranges.
2. Using a spoon, scoop out the pulp of the oranges.
3. Cut out faces on each orange to resemble a Jack O Lantern.
4. Fill each orange with mixed fruit and serve.
Head–lettuce leaves, sliced olives, veggie dip in a small bowl
Body–celery, baby carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms, cherry or grape tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers
Arrange the veggies on a platter in the shape of a skeleton, top with an appropriate sized bowl of veggie dip for the head.
Take a picture of your final Veggie Man, print it up, then let your kids recreate him with the left-over veggies the next day.
Very similar to the fruit jack-o-lantern, this one is made simply by using baby carrots instead of orange slices. Decorate with lots of fresh veggies of your liking and watch the kiddos enjoy!! Viola!