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

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    April 14, 2014 | 10:10 am
    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:

    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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