Hy-Vee at Midday: Trick-or-Treat, Not too Sweet

By Christy Frese, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Tricks to Keep Halloween Sweet, but not too Sweet
Oh, the sweet treats that come from trick-or-treating, school parties and neighborhood gatherings on Halloween! Halloween is actually a great opportunity for kids to learn about moderation of tasty treats. It is okay to indulge in a few treats on Halloween. That is part of the fun! Our day-to-day, overall eating habits have the biggest impact on our health.

Eat a meal before trick-or-treating. Discover why this will keep kids and adults from raiding candy bags before getting home. At get-togethers, offer non-candy treats. Talk about how your family will use up the rest of the treats.

Skeleton and Brain Dip
All you need:
Lettuce leaves
1 cup ranch dressing
2 cups assorted cut-up fresh vegetables, such as bell pepper strips, cucumber slices, sugar snap peas, mushroom slices, celery sticks, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets and cauliflower florets

All you do:
1. Line a small bowl with lettuce leaves; fill with dressing. Place near one end of a large platter.
2. Arrange vegetables in a skeleton shape on platter, using the bowl as the head of the skeleton.

Recipe source: www.kraftfood.com

Green Monster Smoothie
All you need:
1 cup kale, leaves only
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup pineapple juice
1 frozen ripe banana
1 avocado
1 cup of your favorite vanilla yogurt

All you do:
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process on high speed until smooth.

Recipe source: Hy-Vee Dietitians

Pile of Bones
All you need:
1 tube refrigerated breadstick dough
Pizza sauce (optional)

All you do:
1. Unroll a tube of refrigerated breadstick dough and separate the rectangular pieces.
2. Working with one piece at a time, stretch the dough to lengthen it a bit and then use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut a 2-inch slit in the center of each end.
3. Roll or shape the resulting four flaps of dough into knobs that look like the ends of a bone.
4. Bake as indicated on package.

Spooky Trail Mix Ideas
All you need:
Chex cereal: spider webs
Raisins: bat droppings
Pretzel sticks: witch brooms
Marshmallows: bat brains
Candy corn: witch's fingernails
Popcorn: baby ghosts
Soy nuts: salamander eyes

All you do:
Place a spoonful of each ingredient in a zip lock bag. Close the bag and shake to mix the ingredients!
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