Healthy Snacks For Halloween
This season’s terrifying treats don’t all have to be teeth-rotting junk…
Hey everyone, I’m Francis, and I’m the new boy here at Planzai. I’m one of those hyper-organised people who have a plan for everything, so Planzai is the kind of thing that pushes my planning-nerd buttons. When the guys in the Planzai office asked me to work on a Halloween Party blueprint I was delighted, as Halloween is by far my favourite time of year.
One problem that I noticed parents struggling with at Halloween is how to limit their children’s sugar intake without killing the party spirit. Halloween is all about the sugar: candy apples, trick-or-treat snacks, pumpkin pie, along with the usual party food suspects like cookies, sweets and cakes. Sure, the sugary goodness is all part of the fun, but there’s no reason why these traditional treats can’t be mixed with healthier snacks to save your kids’ teeth and give you parents some nutritional peace of mind.
The internet is a goldmine of ideas for healthy Halloween treats online, so it’s a good place to start. Check out 365 Halloween’s wonderful collection of grisly goodies. Most of the featured recipes contain fruits or vegetables, and some of them are Vegan friendly too.
Or use your imagination to create your own recipes from seasonal produce. All you need is a bit of Halloween spirit to convince the kids that they’re eating worms instead of udon noodles, or eyeballs instead of mozzarella with a green olive stuffed inside or melon balls with a raisin for a pupil.
And if you don’t have time to slave away in the kitchen making party food, there are healthy alternatives that you can buy. Whole Foods does a great range of organic Halloween snacks, and you can often get sugar-free versions of sweets in your local supermarket, alongside naturally healthy fruit, sugar-free popcorn, chocolate covered raisins, or nuts (not for the under 5′s).
That said, Halloween only comes once a year, so don’t be afraid to let your children have SOME sugary fun. As long as you get the balance of healthy and devilishly sweet right, and make all your party food fun, you’re guaranteed to have a happy, haunted holiday season.
And if you need some extra help planning your festivities, why not try our Plan a Family Halloween Party Blueprint? It’s a 10-day plan for throwing a Halloween shindig in your house, complete with decorations, costumes, food and games. Best of all, it’s totally free! Give it a go, and let us know how you get on in the comments below.