Tuesday, September 29, 2015
A healthy Halloween can seem insurmountable as our little trick-or-treaters are overwhelmed by many, many different types of candy delights. To avoid being haunted by the sugar rushes and the eventual sugar crashes, there are a few fun ways to engage your little monsters in making something both nutritious and delicious.
For our healthier Halloween, I let my son Max pick the recipe, and like Dr. Frankenstein before him, Max decided to make a monster…well, a monster made with loads of cheese.
Making something simple into something fun is a great way to ensure your kids are getting the nutrients they need, in several ways:
- Kids helping in the kitchen. Best of all, these treats get your kids involved in cooking. Max loves helping out, and I find he usually eats better when he had a hand in the creation and gets to play with his food.
- A balanced meal. The pizzas featured nutrient-rich foods such as low-fat dairy, whole grains and vegetables; all foods that help build a well-balanced meal. Max’s love of cheese in particular provides him with a high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D and potassium, all nutrients he needs every day.
- Eating their veggies. Through we regularly serve bell peppers, they’re not always his favorite. But when they become components of the monster’s “big scary eyes and teeth” he gobbled them up.
- Filling up first. Chowing down on a well-balanced meal keeps Max feeling full, so he’ll have less room to snack on sweets. Plus, Halloween can be a marathon for our little monsters, and it is important to keep them fueled with the right foods as they go from house to house.
More to Explore
Monster Mini Pizzas may have been our first recipe this Halloween, but it won’t be the last. There are so many fun dishes that provide Halloween fun without all the empty calories.
All foods where I can blend something good for my little goblin with a spooky treat for the holiday. As long as Max is able to add his culinary spin, I’m sure we’ll be creating all types of spooktacular snacks and suppers!