Top 5 Spooktacular Healthy Halloween treats
Monkey Puzzle Surbiton helps parents avoid ghoulish effects of sugar!
Skulls, spooks, and spells are well known components of Halloween, but for parents there is an altogether more bloodcurdling element to the freakish festival – sugar.
Sugary treats are a mainstay at Halloween and while there is merit to the saying ‘everything in moderation’, Halloween is notorious for being the precise opposite. With the long-term effects of sugar on our teeth and fitness well-documented, many parents are trying to make the holiday healthier.
Healthy food can often be thought of as dull, but that doesn’t have to be the case, especially for kids. Monkey Puzzle Surbiton, who put nutrition at the heart of their nursery, have compiled a list of ideas to put a spook in your culinary step.
- Boo-nanas A peeled banana stood on one end with chocolate chips pressed in to the fruit for eyes and a chocolate button for a mouth – a ghostly treat!
- Count Guacula Heads Guacamole-filled avocados, decorated with chopped peppers for fangs and tomatoes for blood-red eyes.
- Pumparines A peeled tangerine with a stick of celery poking from the top, giving it the appearance of a pumpkin.
- Spooky Black Bean Hummus A take on hummus made with nutritious black beans, drizzled with tahini and yoghurt dressing in the shape of a spider’s web.
- Toad Soup with Witches Fingers Pea and lentil soup (the lentils give it a swampy texture) with home-made cheese straws for dipping. Halved almonds make for great fingernails at the top (with optional red food colouring for blood!)
Vjollca Niklekaj, owner of Monkey Puzzle Surbiton, said:
“Fun is one of the most import aspects of growing up and these treats are a great way for children to engage with healthy food. At our nursery, celebrating Halloween will be a great way to ‘boo’-st a child’s day! We all hope the Superheroes, witches, and wizards of the world will enjoy making Halloween a little healthier!”