Monday, October 18, 2010

Healthy Halloween Treats

With Halloween just around the corner, I am sure that many parents are not looking forward to all of the sugar their kids will be acquiring while Trick-or-Treating. I decided to look around and see what healthy, spooky alternatives I could find so that parents had more options than just candy this season. Below are some of my favorites that I found. Not only are they healthier, but they are so easy and fun too!

Carrot Finger Food
Ingredients 
  • vegetable dip
  • 4 long carrots
  • 1 medium carrot
  • softened cream cheese
  • sliced-almond
  • baby carrots

 Instructions
  1. To prepare them, just fill a serving bowl with your favorite vegetable dip. Wash and peel 4 long carrots for fingers and 1 medium carrot for a thumb.
  2. With a paring knife (a parent's job), cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Then use a dab of dip or softened cream cheese to glue a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch.
  3. Stick the fingers in the dip, as shown, and serve with plenty of peeled baby carrots for dipping.

     Melon Brain
    Ingredients: 1 small seedless watermelon
       
    Instructions
  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the entire green rind, exposing the inner white rind.
  2. Slice off the bottom of the melon to create a flat base that will keep it from rolling. With a toothpick, outline squiggly furrows that resemble the folded surface of a brain.
  3. Finally, carve narrow channels along the tracings with a sharp paring knife (a parent's job) to expose the pink fruit beneath the rind.

Recipes taken from here and here.

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