Spooky season is here, and the toddlers are ready to consume candy by the truckload, much to the concern of parents!
While you try to limit your toddler's sugar intake, there are plenty of options for healthy Halloween snacks that they're sure to love just as much as candies and fried goodies. The most important aspect of these healthy treats is the presentation — even the pickiest of eaters are bound to be intrigued by these spooky snacks despite the fact that they're mostly fruits, veggies, and nuts. Combine these homemade snacks with DIY decorations (instead of store-bought), and you can have an eco-friendly Halloween that the whole family can enjoy!
So, here are 7 healthy Halloween treats for toddlers that are easy to make, spooky to see, and yummy to eat. You won't have to shop for special ingredients either, as everything can be easily found in your local grocery store (or your kitchen!).
1. Ghost Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
Parents, we know you're looking for a healthy yet tasty and easy-to-make snack for your toddler to munch on during Halloween. So number one on the list of kid friendly healthy halloween snacks is the classic combo of apple slices and peanut butter, which is not only a much-loved summer snack but also a cherished winter delight.
Peanut butter contains healthy fats, protein, and fiber, while apples provide vitamin C and fiber. Even better, this snack can be easily customized with different types of apples and nut butters for added variety.
Plus, it’s a fun activity for kids to assemble their own apple slices and get creative with toppings like nuts, raisins, or even a drizzle of chocolate. And the best part? You can make the apple slices look like ghosts by adding some simple features with a knife and creating "eyes" with chia seeds or halved raisins! If you peel the apples, you can create paper-thin ghosts that your kids will love to gobble up.
2. Mummy Baby Carrots with Hummus
Halloween can be filled with sugary treats, but that doesn't mean you have to skip out on healthy snacks at your child's Halloween party. One fun and nutritious treat option are mummy baby carrots with hummus.
To make these bite-sized snacks, simply take a few pieces of baby carrots. Use hummus to create the mummy's features, such as the bandages. To make the eyes, you can use small black olives.
This is a great way to get your toddler to eat their veggies while also enjoying a festive and healthy snack. And it's perfect for parties since it can be easily served on a platter or in individual cups. It's all about plating — kids will eat anything during Halloween as long as they are served in a fun way!
Not only are these mummy baby carrots cute and festive (look at them! They're orange!), but they're also packed with nutrients. Baby carrots are a good source of fiber and vitamin A, while hummus provides protein and healthy fats.
3. Frankenstein Kiwi Slices
Is your toddler a fan of kiwis? If so, they'll love these Frankenstein kiwi slices! This healthy snack is perfect for a Halloween party or as an after-school snack. And where does the Frankenstein aspect come from? Well, kiwis are green aren't they? You can make up the lore for your kid!
To make this fun and nutritious treat, start by slicing a kiwi in half. Then, use a small knife to cut out two eyes and a mouth. For the eyes, you can use small pieces of black licorice or raisins. For the mouth, you can either carve out a small smile or use a raisin sliced lengthwise in half. Repeat this process for a bunch of kiwi slices.
Kiwis are a great source of Vitamin C, while black licorice and raisins provide antioxidants and are great for your toddler's overall health. This snack is also a good source of fiber, which is important for digestion and can even relieve constipation.
Pro Tip: You can substitute kiwi for any other type of fruit, such as apples, oranges, or pears. Just make sure to adjust the size of the eyes and mouth accordingly! After all, it's the presentation of the food that matters the most to toddlers during Halloween.
4. Bat-Shaped Whole Grain Crackers with Cheese
If your toddler is looking for a spooky, yet tasty snack this Halloween, try whole grain crackers with cheese. This easy snack can be made with any type of cracker, but we love using whole grain crackers for added nutrition.
To make the crackers look like bats, simply cut them into bat shapes using a knife or cookie cutter. Then, add a few features with a small knife, such as eyes, a nose, and some wings. Then comes the cheese!
The crackers are a good source of whole grains, which provide important nutrients like B vitamins and fiber. Cheese is also a good source of protein and calcium. This fun snack is a great way to sneak some extra nutrition into toddlers' diets during the Halloween season, which is known for being candy-heavy!
5. Dragon Heart Sliced Strawberries with Yogurt Dip
This healthy snack is perfect for kids who love dragons! These dragon heart sliced strawberries are a fun and festive way to enjoy this delicious fruit
To make this snack, start by slicing some strawberries in half. Then, use a small knife to carve out some arteries and veins on the outside of each strawberry slice. For the yogurt dip, you can either use a store-bought option or make your own by mixing yogurt with a little bit of honey. If your kid wants things to be spookier, you can turn the yogurt into "dragon blood" by adding a few drops of red food coloring.
This snack is a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for immunity. Strawberries are also a good source of antioxidants and fiber. The yogurt dip provides protein and calcium (and tastes great, of course).
This is a fun and healthy Halloween treat that is sure to be a hit at any toddlers' party because of the "dragon heart" and "blood"! Yes, most toddlers do love gore! However, if your toddler feels sad about eating "dragons," simply tell them that the "heart" and the "blood" belong to a dragon-killer instead.
6. Spider Web Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are always a hit, but they can be even more fun when they're made into spider web deviled eggs. This healthy Halloween snack is perfect for toddlers since it's high in protein and healthy fats.
To make this yummy snack, simply start by hard boiling some eggs. Once they're cooked, carefully remove the egg yolks and place them in a bowl. Add in some mayo, mustard, and salt to taste. Then, use a piping bag or Ziploc bag to pipe the mixture back into the egg whites.
To create the spider web effect, use a toothpick to drag the mixture from the center of the egg outward. You can also add some green food coloring to the mixture for a more festive look.
Not only are these deviled eggs fun and festive, but they're also packed with nutrients. Eggs are a good source of protein and choline, while the mayo and mustard add healthy fats. This snack is also low in carbohydrates, making it a great option for toddlers with diabetes or who are following a ketogenic diet.
7. Pumpkin Carriage Granola
This healthy snack is perfect for toddlers (and adults, let's just agree) who love all things pumpkin! This pumpkin carriage granola is a fun and festive snack for toddlers, especially those who enjoy the idea of a pumpkin being Cinderella's carriage. Plus, what's Halloween without a pumpkin-based healthy recipe?
To make this granola, simply mix together oats, pumpkin puree, and honey. Then, bake the mixture in the oven until it's crispy. Once it's cooled, you can add in some dried fruit, such as raisins or cranberries. Now, what about the carriage element?
To turn this granola into a Cinderella-themed snack, simply shape it into a pumpkin using an ice cream scoop. Then, use some pretzel sticks to create the carriage handles. You can also add raisins or other dried fruit to create the "windows" of the carriage.
This healthy snack is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It's also low in sugar and calories, making it a great option for toddlers and adults alike. Plus, the pumpkin puree and spices add a boost of antioxidants. If you want to incorporate more healthy ingredients into your pumpkin treat, check out this pumpkin granola recipe which makes use of coconut flakes, pistachios, and maple syrup.
Pro Tip: Involve your toddler thoroughly while making any or all of these snacks. Tell them stories, give them the lore of the characters your healthy treats are based on, and let them help out with the prep work. It'll be a blast for both of you! If you're a single parent, consider involving your older kids or your toddler's friends too. If no one's around, you can incorporate your toddler's toys into the process, like using their Cinderella doll to help make the pumpkin carriage granola.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring. With these seven healthy Halloween treats, you can avoid store-bought snacks and your toddler is sure to have a blast while getting the nutrients they need! Just make sure they brush their teeth properly before bedtime, no matter what kind of snacks they have eaten throughout the day.
Do you have any suggestions for kid friendly healthy halloween snacks? Let us know in the comments below!
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