It’s that time of year again! Halloween is a time to get creative with your costume, channel your inner artist with a pumpkin, and get the kids together for a night of games; bobbing for apples, wrap the mummy, and of course, trick or treat.
However, these ‘treats’ are usually bursting with processed sugar, preservatives and E numbers, which we all know to be the true horrors of Halloween, with their links to obesity, heart disease and hyperactivity.
So we have found five tasty alternatives to keep your kids happy and healthy this Halloween! With their creative and fun appearance, children will love them, and you get the peace of mind that you are keeping the real monsters at bay.
1. Chocolate Apples
A perfect alternative to toffee apples, these apples coated in dark chocolate have all the health benefits of dark cocoa. They’re rich in antioxidants and contain qualities which help the heart and circulation, without the high sugar content of toffee and dramatic effect on tooth decay, liver damage and diabetes.
2. Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers
A more savoury option, these stuffed pepper make a great choice if you’re hosting a few children over dinner time! You can get creative with the filling (maybe try spaghetti in a tomato sauce to look like brains spilling out!), or substitute the mince with black beans for a tasty vegetarian option high in protein.
3. Frankenstein Kiwi Heads
Providing 273% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C (five times more than an orange!), the kiwi is a valuable treat when the nights are getting colder and you’re in need of a natural immune booster! Kiwis also contain 89% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin K, which has been dubbed ‘the forgotten vitamin’ as despite its major benefits, it’s often being overlooked. Vitamin K is crucial for fighting blood clots, strengthening bones and preventing heart disease. Decorate this healthy head with either blueberries or dark chocolate chips and you’re left with not only an exceptionally nutritious snack but a seasonal Frankenstein head too!
4. Strawberry Ghosts
Strawberries have a long list of health benefits, earning their title as a ‘superfood’. Not only do they contain immunity boosting vitamin C, they promote eye health, fight cholesterol, reduce inflammation leading to arthritis, regulate blood pressure and boost fibre.
Tip: for a more accessible product, use vanilla yoghurt. Simply put yoghurt in the freezer until it becomes a little firmer (not frozen!), dip strawberries, place on parchment paper and refreeze after adding dark chocolate chip eyes and mouth!
5. Witches Broomsticks
While cheese has a bad reputation of having a high fat content, this is entirely dependent on the type of cheese you use. This recipe suggests a reduced fat mozzarella, but you can of course make any other substitutions!
Cheese also has substantial health benefits, such as being a rich source of calcium. This is important for bone strength and growth, as well as helping your heart and muscles function properly. There is also a substantial amount of protein in cheese, which our body uses to rebuild muscles, blood, bones and skin.
It’s important to stay healthy over festive holidays. Head to Pinterest for more ideas on how to stay nutritious and delicious this October. Plus, why not replace the tricks with treats with a luscious Apple drink from Hey Like Wow! Get your fill of vitamins B6, C and D, while still enjoying the excitement of ghosts and ghouls with your sugar and spice and all things nice, as well as the rats and snails and puppy dog’s tails!SHARE: