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.
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.
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
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.
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
Step 5: Put both slices on top of each other with the marshmallows in the middle
Spider Deviled Eggs
The third recipe is called “Spider Deviled Eggs”. It serves 1 person. There will be extra ingredients left over.
- 1 medium sized organic egg
- 2 organic whole black olives, pitted
Woodstock Organic Mayonnaise – http://www.woodstock-foods.com/
- 1 tablespoon of organic or non GMO mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper to taste
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 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
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/
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
This article 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.
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