In Australia Halloween is not the big holiday it is in the USA- especially where I live in Utah!
Since moving here, Halloween has become one of my favorite days of the year, but this one night can easily set your family up for a week or two or three of sugar overload (plus all the artificial colors and flavors!)
Here are my favorite 3 tricks for having a FUN Halloween without compromising your healthy living too much.
1. Have a healthy themed after school snack or dinner before they start trick or treating. Heathy can be fun too, so why not start the night with jack o lantern stuffed peppers, sweet potato chips and jack o lantern orange fruit cups. Check out my Healthy Halloween Pinterest Board for more ideas. Kids that have a full tummy are less likely to overdo the sugar!
2. My daughters LOVE to Trick or treat and they always return with more candy than they should eat. Much of the candy is the same- Do they really need to eat all 10 snickers bars they got?! No. I let my kids choose 10 snack sized items they want to keep and the rest of the candy is donated.
3. We give out non candy treats at my house. I want my kids to know that holidays are about people and not just the food. We have given out pencils, stickers, bubbles, glow sticks and bouncy balls. One year we did jack-o-lantern clementines but my kids told me that was taking the healthy thing just too far!
Here is a few cute ideas for your Healthier Halloween (check out our Pinterest board for loads more!)
Sweet Potato Jack-o-Lantern Chips
Sweet potatoes, cut into rounds. (don’t use the long,skinny ones!)
Coconut Oil, melted
Preheat oven to 425F/ 190C
Use a sharp knife to cut out Jack o lantern shapes. (These take time to cut out so my kids got only one jack-o-lantern each and the rest of their plate contained sweet potato rounds)
Place a cooling rack on top of a baking tray and place sweet potatoes in a single layer. Coat with oil and seasoning, then turn over to season other side.
Cook for about 30 minutes.
Other seasoning ideas:
butter/ghee and cinnamon
Coconut oil and cumin
Spooky Halloween Green Shake
3 scoops of KidzShake (any flavor)
1 small banana
3/4 cup of milk of choice
1 handful of spinach
4 cubes of ice
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until nice and smooth. Pour into a spooky glass and enjoy a healthy start to Halloween.
Jack-o-lantern Fruit cups
Chop the top off a large orange.
Cut and scoops out the orange flesh.
Use a sharp knife to cut out jack-o-lantern face.
fill with fresh berries.