As a mom, I’m very familiar with the tug between wanting your kids to have fun on Halloween and wanting them to eat something remotely nutritious. My philosophy: My kids haul in so much candy during Trick-or-Treat, why not keep party foods on the healthy side? It’s a sentiment that seems to be shared by some teachers too. In all my years of helping with classroom celebrations, I’ve noticed more and more requests for healthy Halloween snacks. Healthy party foods can still be fun too, so watch the video and read below for three festive and healthy Halloween snacks featuring Stemilt apples and pears!
Mini Monster Sammies
Makes 4 sandwiches
These little sandwiches provide protein for fullness with whole grains and cheese, and are just the right size for little hands.
- 4 mini whole wheat bagels
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- 1 medium pear
- 8 red raspberries (or blackberries or blueberries)
- 4 toothpicks
- Remove tops of bagels.
- Place bagel bottom on top of cheese slice and carefully cut around the edges to make teeth.
- Cut pear into very thin slices and place 3-4 slices on each bagel bottom. Top with cheese and top of bagel.
- Cut toothpicks in half and insert two on each bagel top and position berries for the eyes.
Makes 8 mummies
My kids were swiping these Apple Mummies off the cutting board as I was making them. You can find candy eyes at your local crafts store (or just sub in chocolate chips).
- 2 medium apples
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup white candy melts or white chocolate chips
- 16 candy eyes (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- Slice apples crosswise (cut out core if necessary with knife or small cookie cutter). Brush with lemon juice if desired to help prevent browning.
- Heat candy melts or chips in the microwave for one minute or until fully melted, stirring halfway through cooking time.
- Place melted chocolate in a sandwich bag, press out air, and twist shut. Snip one of the corners with scissors and gently push chocolate to corner and squeeze onto apple to make mummy “bandages”.
- Press candy eyes or chocolate chips gently onto melted chocolate.
Green Goblin Smoothies
Makes 3 smoothies
I’ve served these Green Goblin Smoothies in my son’s classroom, letting the kids take turns loading ingredients into the blender and pushing the buttons. You’d be amazed by how many kids who say “Ew!” about the spinach happily slurp down their whole cup (and ask for seconds) once they taste it.
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1 cup chopped pear (leave skin on)
- 1 cup loosely packed spinach
- 1 cup cold water
- Add ingredients to blender in order listed and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.