Halloween is often synonymous with eating so much candy that you don’t feel so good. But that doesn’t have to be the case! You can keep the spooky seasonal spirit alive without sacrificing nutrition with these simple, sweet, and savory party treats!
Roast Pumpkin Seeds. When you’re carving your jack-o-lanterns, make sure not to toss the seeds after you scoop them out! Washing, drying, and roasting your pumpkin seeds with a little oil and spice can make a wonderful (and non-wasteful!) seasonal snack!
Cookie Cutter Cantaloupe. A Halloween cookie cutter can do double duty as a fruit cutter! Cut a cantaloupe or any other melon into wide, thin slices and then go to town with any themed cookie cutter, turning your fruit into ghosts, ghouls, goblins and more!
Slimy Eyeball Bowl. All it takes to turn a bunch of grapes into a bowl of slimy eyeballs is a couple minutes peeling them. This Halloween party classic is enhanced by a blindfold, putting the sensory feeling first.
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Stuffed Bell Pepper Jack-O-Lanterns!
This spooky meal combines the nutritional benefits of bell peppers, the wonderful flavors of ground beef and onion, and the Halloween theme of Jack-O-Lanterns to provide a spooky, savory meal your kids won’t soon forget!
Total time: 1.5 hours
6 bell peppers (orange preferred)
1 pound ground beef
4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
1 small onion, chopped
1 small tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chili sauce
¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Clean bell peppers, remove top and scoop seeds, cut Jack-O-Lantern face into each
Mix all other ingredients well, stuff each pepper with mixture
Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees for 1 hour
Nutritional support doesn’t have to be scary! While your kids are busy trick-or-treating, you may want to consider Kids First® Multivitamin + Omega-3 Gummies, a tasty, convenient way to help their growing bodies get the nutritional support they need. Have a happy Halloween!†
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Amy has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles and is a credentialed English teacher, though she left the classroom to write full time. She especially enjoys creating educational content about health, wellness, and nutrition. Her happy place is in the kitchen, and when not writing, you can find her trying out “kid-friendly recipes” and “healthy desserts for chocolate lovers” from her Pinterest board.
Lynn is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and is a member of the Medical and Scientific Communications team at Pharmavite. She has over 20 years of experience in integrative and functional nutrition and has given lectures to health professionals and consumers on nutrition, dietary supplements and related health issues. Lynn frequently conducts employee trainings on various nutrition topics in addition to educating retail partners on vitamins, minerals and supplements. Lynn has previous clinical dietitian expertise in both acute and long-term care, as well as nutrition counseling for weight management, diabetes, and sports nutrition. Lynn earned a bachelor’s of science in Nutrition with a minor in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a M.S. degree in Human Nutrition from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Lynn is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, and holds a certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.