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Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Dinner

posted Oct 25, 2016, 1:57 PM by Tracy Ducker, MS, RDN   [ updated Oct 25, 2016, 1:59 PM ]

With Halloween just around the corner the anticipation of all the candy and sweets is overwhelming. For parents it can be frightening. From trying to limit the amount of candy your child eats to being tempted to eating all the candy they don’t like. But all is not lost; it is only once a year and with a little planning Halloween can be healthy.

A great tip is to eat a healthy dinner before trick-or-treating, that way you and your children are not hungry and tempted to eat all that candy. By making Halloween dinner fun, children will be more likely to eat it. The following menu includes all the food groups. Enjoy and happy haunting.

Spider web pizza This is super easy to make and tastes great. Have your kids help by pulling the cheese strings and creating the web.  (1 grain and 1 dairy serving)

Snack-o-Lantern Fruit Cups - These fun mini jack-o-lanterns use oranges filled with fruit of your choice.  (1 fruit serving)

Halloween Veggies and Dip - For this festive dip use a mini pumpkin as a serving bowl, add your favorite fresh cut up vegetables. If you want to make the carrots more festive, cut them into pumpkin shapes .(1 vegetable serving)

Here are some more fun and festive foods.

Carrot Rice Ball Jack-o-Lanterns - These are too cute to pass up and the carrot juice gives them a natural orange color. Pictured below. (1 grain and ¼ vegetable)

Candy Corn Chicken Quesadillas - If you are a candy corn lover then these quesadillas are right up your alley. The different colored cheeses give them the traditional candy corn colors. (1 grain, 1 dairy, 1 protein)

Banana Art - A great activity for kids is to have them draw spooky pictures, on an unpeeled banana, using a toothpick. They won’t even know they are eating healthy. (1 fruit)

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - A great healthy snack after carving the pumpkin: roast the seeds, this method adds an extra step of boiling them, but the pumpkin innards come off easier and the seeds are crunchy, not chewy.(1 serving = 1/4 cup)