Enjoy These Healthy Fall Snacks, Treats and Halloween Candy Ideas During The Festive Fall Season

Autumn has arrived, and for moms and their kids, it’s one of the most fun times of the year.  Hayrides abound, donuts and cider are served up, and the emergence of little goblins and princesses signal that the scariest of holidays, Halloween, is upon us.

Scarier than the spookiest ghosts and ghouls, however, is the absurd amount of sugar-laden treats our kids are bombarded with as part of the annual festivities. All those seemingly daily sweets, cakes, and cookies, while fun for the little ones, cause moms to constantly fret over tooth decay, upset stomachs, and poor nutrition.

Healthy Fall Ideas

The good news is that for clever and creative parents, fall can still be a blast for the youngsters while being a time of healthy eating, too. Listed below are several enjoyable ideas for celebrating the fall season without binging on junk food:

Pumpkin Dishes

What’s more synonymous with fall than pumpkins? America certainly loves its bright orange squash and many a family make it a fall tradition to transform their pumpkins into scary Jack-O-Lantern’s. But don’t dare throw out that pumpkin flesh when you’re done carving; Pumpkin is a fall superfood that’s loaded with essential nutrients, and belongs on not only the porch but on your plate as well.

Pumpkins pack minerals (potassium, calcium), vitamins (A, C, E), fiber, and protein. Some of the ways you can serve it up for the kids include:

  • Pumpkin pie made with cinnamon
  • Pumpkin puree and dips
  • Pumpkin muffins
  • Pumpkin curry
  • Pumpkin ale

Healthy Halloween Treats and Candy

More frightful than the hordes of scary costumes are all the customary treats crammed with sugar and fat. Check out some of these healthier alternatives to the standard Halloween fare:

  • Frozen bananas with heart-healthy dark chocolate – Fun to make with young kids, dark chocolate contains antioxidant-promoting flavonoids. Simply unpeel the bananas, put them on wooden sticks, and stick them in the freezer. Take them out and drizzle with warm dark chocolate.
  • Rice Krispy Treats – This children’s classic has a lot less sugar than you’d think at first glance. Sweeten with brown rice syrup to cut the calories and keep blood sugar spikes at bay.
  • Honey popcorn balls – A fun treat made with popcorn and honey, with just a dash of salt and butter. Honey is well-known for its health benefits, and the popcorn does have a touch of fiber. Add raisins to pack even more of a nutritional punch.

Fall Fruit and Vegetable Snacks

The annual autumn harvest brings with it plenty of healthy produce that the entire family can enjoy. Here’s a few fall timeless classics:

  • Apples (for baking, bobbing and caramel apples)
  • Cranberries
  • Kiwis
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pomegranates
  • Squash
  • Pears

All of the above make great standalone fall snacks, or can be added to fun recipes for wholesome treats. What makes these recommendations worthwhile is that they taste absolutely great without sacrificing nutritional value.

In short, celebrating fall doesn’t necessarily resign you to watching your kids stuff themselves with gobs of unhealthy junk food. To the contrary, you can make creative and fun snack choices so your entire family can enjoy the autumn season to the fullest while still eating healthy.

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