The Trick to Handling the Treats
Halloween is serious business for the little ones. After they don the perfect costume, they are ready to hit the neighborhood in search of some tasty treats. Since Halloween only happens once a year, it's fun to indulge a little and eat some of that hard-earned candy. Help your little ones avoid a tummy ache by taking advantage of kids' innate ability to regulate their appetites. One of the easiest ways is a well-timed and nutritious snack before heading out to trick-or-treat. Young children tend to naturally regulate their appetites, so they will usually slow down on eating sweets if they begin to feel overly full. Here are some of my favorite snack ideas to help!
 
A group of three trick-or-treaters walking down the driveway
 
  • Turkey and cheese roll-ups (Turkey mummies, if you will!)
  • Fruit of any kind, but especially easy finger foods like grapes, oranges, apple slices, or bananas
  • Yogurt cups
  • Cheese sticks of all kinds (There are tons of different flavors to choose from at your local Brookshire Brothers!)
  • Cucumber slices with a little vinegar, salt, and pepper
  • Cinnamon toast with butter on whole wheat bread
  • Or see some of my favorite grab-and-go snack options here!
And if you're looking for some unique options with a healthy twist to pass out in your neighborhood this Halloween, try some of these ideas. 
 
  • Fruit snacks and gummies, especially with natural flavors and colors (These fruit-filled recipes are frightfully good—and healthy!)
  • Inexpensive trinkets such as stickers, temporary tattoos, or bouncy balls
  • Simple chocolates
  • 100% fruit juice in small boxes or pouches
  • Snack-sized bags of freeze dried fruit, raisins, or pretzels (Another wicked-good snack to try: Rice Krispies Treats with fall flavors and fun topping ideas!)
  • Small bags of pre-popped popcorn (Make your scary movie night really pop with these three fun popcorn recipes!)
 
Read more: Don't miss Angela's other nine tips for keeping Halloween healthy
 

 
Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
 
 
A Rainbow of Nutrition for Your Family
Getting kids to eat fruit and vegetables isn't always easy…Here are some easy tips to make sure everyone gets at least 5 servings a day the easy way! 
 
SHOPPING:
  • Let your children help pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try.
  • Fresh, frozen and canned fruit are all nutritious choices.
  • Fresh and frozen vegetables are good choices. 
  • Use "no added salt" canned vegetables and drain the liquid off before using.
 
AT HOME:
  • When you get home wash and cut up fruits and vegetables.  Then put them in the refrigerator in a clear container at eye level where everyone can see them when they go hunting for a snack.
  • Put whole fruits such as apples, oranges, bananas in a basket or bowl on the counter for an easy-to-grab snack.
  • Let your children help with some of the prep work such as washing the fruit and vegetables, tearing lettuce for a salad,  or measuring frozen or canned vegetables.  Older children can help peel, slice and chop as well.
  • Model good eating habits-if your children see you eating healthy, so will they!
 
SNACK & MEALTIME IDEAS:
  • Serve fruit and vegetables with a dip such as low-fat ranch, hummus, peanut butter, salsa, or yogurt.
  • Blend frozen fruit with milk or yogurt and a drizzle of honey to make a smoothie
  • Slowly introduce new fruits and vegetables by adding them in small amounts to salad, soup, casseroles, smoothies, etc.
  • Make vegetable kabobs and cook on the grill.
  • Add a rainbow of color to pizza by adding peppers, broccoli, pineapple, fresh tomato, or mushrooms before adding cheese.
  • A good guideline to remember is that half your plate should be filled with fruits and/or vegetables.
 

RAINBOW FRUIT MINI-PIZZA

 
Kids young and old will enjoy this quick and easy fruit mini-pizza for breakfast, snack or dessert!
Prep time:  12 minutes.  Makes 1 serving
 
Ingredients:
1 Whole-Wheat waffle such as NutriGrain or Kashi
1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese, plain or fruit-flavored
2-3 Strawberries, sliced
2-3 Kiwi Slices
2 Tablespoons Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
3-4 Pineapple Chunks (fresh or canned)
 
Directions:
  1. Toast waffle in toaster according to package directions.
  2. Spread cream cheese over toasted waffle.
  3. Arrange fruit on top of cream cheese.
  4. Cut in half or quarters, if desired and ENJOY!    
                            
Other fruits can be substituted-mix and match your favorites!