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Healthy Halloween tips

Posted October 22, 2010
Updated October 29, 2010

Americans typically spend $5.8 billion on Halloween celebrations. That's $66 for average American, including $20.29 for candy. Approximately $1.78 billion of candy is given to children on Halloween.

Laura Buxenbaum, a nutrition expert with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, shares tips on how to have a healthy Halloween.

Tips

Share your sweets

No matter how hard you try, there’s sure to be an overload of candy for most Trick or Treaters. Talk to your children in advance about sharing extra edibles. Identify a couple of “favorites” and separate those from the rest of the candy. Agree to give-away what’s left by adding them to your next food pantry donation.

A little goes a long way

Seperate packages of round, candy-coated pieces (M&Ms or Reese Pieces, for instance) and use them in a trail mix made of whole-grain oat cereal Os, pretzels and raisins. Stash the rest of the candy to enjoy later.

Tasty treats

Creepy Mummy Dogs Recipe

You'll find recipes for these cute-and-spooky mummy dogs all over the web. But – in our humble opinion – this one takes Halloween recipes fun to a whole new level. Why? Because as well as cute and tasty, these mummy dogs are super easy to make, as they use breadstick dough instead of the biscuit dough called for in most recipes. So your dough will already be perfectly suited to making mummy wrappings. This will be one of the kids' favorite Halloween treat recipes, without a doubt. Halloween doesn't have to be unhealthy Halloween can be healthy

Ingredients

  • 1 (11 oz) can refrigerated breadstick dough
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered (optional)
  • 8 hot dogs
  • black mustard seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. If desired, place one cheddar cheese slice on your hot dog. Then wrap each dog to look like a mummy, leaving a open area for the eyes.
  3. Cut two tiny slits in the exposed hot dog, and insert two black mustard seeds for eyes. If you'd like to give your mummies entire faces, cut a little slit for a mouth, which will gape open a bit during cooking.
  4. Place mummy dogs on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake around 15 minutes, until golden.
  5. Serve with plenty of ketchup and mustard, and listen to the kids rave about having such Halloween recipes fun.
     

Not-so-Goulish Goodies
A better bag of treats begins at home. Try offering healthier food and non-food alternatives when your doorbell rings:

  • Flavored-milk
  • String cheese and bagged pretzels
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Trail mix
  • Teddy-bear shaped, graham cookies
  • Crispy rice treats
  • Silly Bandz
  • Flavored, sugar-free bubble gum
  • Crayons
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Stickers
  • Bubbles
  • Glow-in-the-dark bracelets
  • Tattoos

Creative Caramel Apples

Homemade goodies are no-no’s for many neighborhoods, so give away the goods for little goblins to make them at home: small apples, craft sticks and caramels.

Better Bones Brew

To break the chill of a typical Halloween night, serve a “bewitched” version of hot chocolate: hot chocolate made with chocolate milk powder, low-fat milk and green food coloring. Keep warm in a slow-cooker, and top with marshmallow “ghosts” after the trick or treating is complete.

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