Healthy Halloween Alternatives

Halloween is all about the decor, the costumes, and the candy for your local trick or treaters. Enjoy some tasty, healthy alternatives so when you have some leftover candy you can freely indulge on November 1st! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is taking orange peppers and carving them to look like little jack-o-lanterns. These “pumpkins” can be perfect for stuffed peppers or containers holding some other veggie treats.

Want to use some actual pumpkins? Roast a mini pumpkin, carve out the inside and use it as a serving bowl! The seeds do not have to go to waste either. Season them as you would your favorite holiday pie for a different take on such a classic treat. You can find nine amazing seasonal recipes here: https://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween-recipes#halloween-pumpkin-soup

Back to School Snacks

August is the time when kids of all ages are going back to school, and that means more time in the morning is needed to help them get ready to get out the door! One fast tip that could save you some time is a Healthy Snacks drawer. This does not only have to be used for the kids, but for your work lunch as well. The weekend before put together some bags of grapes, cut carrots, peanut butter and jelly, etc. Then each morning all you have to do is grab and go!

A really cute back to school snack for the kids is to make a Dragon Fly snack pack. All you need to do is color a clothes pin, attach pipe cleaners as antenna, and clip is between two snack sized plastic bags. The snacks inside the bags will make the colorful wings, and it is a fun way to get kids to eat healthy!

Recommended by Jacqueline Gomes

Recommended by Jacqueline Gomes

Another Healthy Snack recommended by Jacqueline Gomes, a registered dietician. This recipe involves no cooking and easy preparation that even your children could make yourself. Peanut Butter and Banana roll up snacks are “high in protein, potassium, and whole grains”. All you have to do is spread peanut butter on a whole grain tortilla, add bananas to the center and you can slice it into pinwheels after you roll it up!

Photo Credit to Jupiter Images

 

 

Frog AppleAnother cute snack idea, this one may take some time, is a Frog Apple! I had to share this one with you, absolutely adorable healthy snack idea. All you need is Green Apples, Green Grapes, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Just cut your apple up into quarters and remove the core.  Cut three grapes in half and slice two triangle toes in 4 of the halves.  You can use a little cream cheese to stick the arms to the frog and then add his hands and feet.  For the eyes, take a couple of small marshmallows {or you could do a blob of cream cheese} and add a chocolate chip to the middle.  I stuck my marshmallows on with a little bit of cream cheese too.

Credit for the Image and Recipe to: http://www.cleanandscentsible.com/

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