Halloween Treats and Snacks – Healthier Alternatives

Healthier Halloween Snacks
Halloween is just around the corner and often this is the time when most children and adults throw caution to the wind when it comes to healthy, nutritious treats. In celebration of the holiday, I have provided recipes of healthier Halloween snacks I’ve made at home:  String Cheese Ghost,  Apple Teeth, and Spider Deviled Eggs. These recipes were told to me by my friends and family members and can be enjoyed by all. Organic products are featured whenever possible.  Enjoy!

The Damaging Effects of Halloween Candy
Popular Halloween treats contain food coloring and dyes, and are high in trans fats.  These foods and food additives have been shown to increase the risk of cancer, rot the teeth, and cause other serious health problems, particularly when eaten daily.  Most disturbing are the effects of food dyes.  See our articles , “Food Dyes – A Rainbow of Risks and  Sugar – What are the Negative Side Effects?   Children and adults can be encouraged to eat other foods during this popular celebration that are fun, healthier, and easy to make.  Chocolate can be beneficial to the health if it is pure, dark chocolate and eaten in moderation. However, most commercial chocolate candy is high in fat and has added ingredients that make it less healthy and a risk for heart disease and other serious health problems. For more information, see our article, 20 Health Benefits of Chocolate.

Halloween candy

String Cheese Ghost
The first recipe is called “String Cheese Ghost”. It serves about 4-6 people. There will be some extra raisins after completion.

Ingredients

Organic Raisins

Sun-Maid Organic Raisins http://sunmaid.com

Step 1: Cut each stick of string cheese in half

Step 2: Cut each half piece lengthwise leaving  1 cm uncut

Step 3: Cut cheese lengthwise on the opposite side of the stick

Step 4: Keep cutting until desired number of legs are created

Step 5: Cut raisins into quarters

Step 6: Use a sharp knife to cut two holes into the top half of the string cheese

Step 7: Use a toothpick to poke a piece of raisin into the holes

octopus

 

Apple Teeth
The second recipe is called “Apple Teeth” and serves 1 person. There will be some extra peanut butter and mini marshmallows leftover. Since grocery stores do not sell small portions of peanut butter and mini marshmallows, I had to purchase a jar of peanut butter and a bag of mini marshmallows.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple (any color)Girl apple
  • 2 tablespoons of organic peanut butter

    organic peanut butter

    Whole Foods 365 Organic Peanut Butter http://wholefoodsmarket.com

  • 8 organic mini marshmallowsorganic marshmallows

Step 1: Cut out 1/8 of the apple from the top to the bottom

Step 2: Cut that piece in half from the top to the bottom
Step 3: Use a butter knife to spread peanut butter on both slices of apple

peanut apples

Step 4: Place marshmallows side-by-side on the outside of one of the apple slicesPeanut butter marshmallow

Step 5: Put both slices on top of each other with the marshmallows in the middle

 

Marshmallow teeth

 

Spider Deviled Eggs
The third recipe is called “Spider Deviled Eggs”. It serves 1 person. There will be extra ingredients left over.

Ingredients

organic egg

 

Step 1: Boil egg on medium high heat in a pot of water for 10 minutes

Step 2: After 10 minutes, take pot off of stove and peel egg

Step 3: Cut egg in half lengthwise

Step 4: Scoop yolk out of egg and place into a small bowl

Step 5: Mash yolk, then mix with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise

Step 6: Add salt and pepper to taste

Step 7: Scoop mixture into egg halves to create deviled eggs

Step 8: Cut the first olive in half lengthwise

Step 9: Cut the second olive into thin slices

 

Step 10: Arrange olive pieces on the deviled eggs to form a spider

Spider eggs

 

Resources
Milas Food LLC. 16-00 Pollitt Dr Fair Lawn, NJ 07410   http://www.milasfood.com

Organic Valley, Cropp Cooperative, One Organic Way, La Farge, WI 54639  http://www.organicvalley.coop/

Sun-Maid Growers of California, 13525 S Bethel Avenue, Kingsburg, CA 93631-9232  http://www.sunmaid.com

Whole Foods Market, Inc., Headquarters, 550 Bowie Street, Austin, TX 78703-4644 http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

Woodstock Foods http://www.woodstock-foods.com/

 


References
Dart, Jean, “Food Dyes – A Rainbow of Risks,”  February, 21, 2013, MontereyBayHolistic.WordPress.com
Dart, Jean, “20 Health Benefits of Chocolate,” December 17, 2012, MontereyBayHolistic.WordPress.com
Pham, Hang,  “Sugar – What are the Negative Side Effects?,  August 15, 2014, MontereyBayHolistic.WordPress.com

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This articleHang Pham, MBHA Health Educator is written by Hang Pham. Hang Pham is a Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance Health and Wellness Educator. Hang Pham was born in Hoc Mon, Vietnam. She came to America in 1994, becoming a U.S. citizen in 2011. Hang graduated from Seaside High School with diploma and received her AA in General Studies from Monterey Peninsula College in 2011. She received her BA in Collaborative Health and Human Services from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in 2012. In addition to working as a volunteer staff with the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, she currently works as a Clerical Aid in the Human Resources Department of Salinas City Hall. The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.   Photos of food used in the recipes were taken by Hang Pham. All other images are copyright free, from www.pixabay.com unless otherwise noted.

Disclaimer:  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a charitable, independent registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any particular products or practices. We exist as an educational organization dedicated to providing free access to health education resources, products and services. Claims and statements herein are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements about organizations, practitioners, methods of treatment, and products listed on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is intended for educational purposes only. The MBHA strongly recommends that you seek out your trusted medical doctor or practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any existing health condition.

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2 thoughts on “Halloween Treats and Snacks – Healthier Alternatives

  1. jennifermaki says:

    Love this… in a world gone mad with candy, these are fab ideas. Have an Xtraordinary Game-Changing Day #WUVIP kindred 🙂

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