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Recipe: Healthy, fun Halloween treats

Posted October 29, 2015

Cheese and pretzel broomsticks, orange pumpkins and crazy veggie eyes.

I'm not crafty. I'm not handy with the glue gun. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about what my food looks like.

But I can successfully knock out these fun and very healthy treats for Halloween. In fact, so can my six-year-old! This year, I'm pretty sure that I'll be raising the bar at my neighborhood Halloween potluck when I arrive with a platter full of these babies.

Here are three incredibly easy, tasty and kid-friendly Halloween treats for the little goblins and princesses to fill up on before they fill up on sugar.

Cheese and Pretzel Broomsticks

You'll need cheese sticks and pretzel sticks. Cut the cheese stick in half. Cut or peel strips of cheese at the bottom end of the cheese stick to create the bottom of the broom. (I found it easier to just use a knife and make a few slices). Stick the pretzel into the other end of the cheese stick. Done. Boom! This version includes chives to tie around it for a neat bow, but that's getting too involved for me.

Orange and Celery Pumpkins

I saw a picture of this on Facebook the other day and knew I could definitely knock this one out. Peel a bunch of clementine or mandarin oranges. I picked up a big bag of mandarin oranges at Trader Joe's this week for just $3.50. Slice small sticks of celery. Stick a small celery stick into the center of the orange. Done!

Spooky Vegetable Eyes

Eat your eyes! That's what I encouraged my kids to do the other day when we made these together. I found these on A Healthy Slice of Life, which has a variety of other healthy Halloween treats that you might want to try (including, by coincidence, the two others mentioned here). I made a small change, including both carrots and cucumbers for the base.

These are, again, incredibly simple. You'll need carrots, cucumbers and sliced black olives. You'll also need some kind of thicker dip - hummus, guacamole or black bean dip, for instance. You just don't want it sliding off the vegetables. Slice the carrots and cucumbers into rounds about a 1/2 inch thick. Top them with a dollop of dip. Then place the sliced black olive on top. My kids loved these!

Also, be sure to check Flour Power's monster pudding cups and spider eggs!

Happy Halloween!

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