Healthy Halloween Treats: Teach Kids Good Nutrition Even on Halloween
Why Pump the Kids full of Sugar?
I really wish everyone could give healthy snacks to Trick or Treaters.
I used to go to an all woman gym and one time, during a class on Halloween, the instructor said words to the effect that we ALL were going to be eating our children's unhealthy candy that night (to which I answered "speak for yourself" -- she was not amused). Why is it that we all seem to associate Halloween with junk food? Why not use this holiday as a teaching tool and give our children a lesson in healthy (but tasty) eating? Why do so many people associate "healthy" with "bad tasting"? Why don't we give delicious healthy foods?
(I recall, when I was younger, many people gave out apples. Some degenerates used Halloween as a way to hurt children and hid razor blades in apples. From then on, children were warned to take only machine wrapped, commercially made treats. Unfortunately, this has mushroomed and healthy snacks, even wrapped ones available at health food stores, are eschewed.)
In addition to the healthy wrapped snacks that you can give out to Trick-or-Treaters, you can check out my recipe blog for healthy cookies and other healthy food recipes.
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Do you eat a healthy diet?
While most parents won't allow their children to eat home made snacks they get from "Trick or Treat" (what can I say? There are a lot of sicko people out there) but you can make healthy treats for your own children.
- 1/2 Cup Whole Spelt -- Sprouted Wheat -- Sprouted Spelt -- Sorghum or other whole grain flour
- 1/2 Cup almond or other nut flour
- 1/2 Cup nut or peanut butter
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond "Milk"
- Stevia (or other natural sweetener) to taste
- More flour (whole grain or almond) to stiffen dough
- fresh carrot juice to color the dough orange (other colors can also be created with healthy foods like beets for red -- spinach or other green for green -- blueberries for blue/purple -- etc.
- Pour the flours and stevia (if using a powdered stevia) into a bowl. Add the wet ingredients while blending.
- Add more flour as needed to make a roll-out cookie dough. Add a small amount of carrot juice for orange colored cookies (if you want to make them shaped like pumpkins/jack'o'lanterns). Roll out and cut into shapes. Put the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 245 degree oven for one hour, turn over and bake for another 1/2 hour. (Don't worry if you forget about them for a while -- at 245 degrees, it's hard to burn them). Enjoy!