Halloween isn’t exactly a holiday that makes it easy to focus on health. Candy and processed food are everywhere you turn! Not only do most individually packaged Halloween snacks contain at least half of an entire day’s worth of your recommended sugar intake, they’re rather wastefully packaged in several layers of plastic.
Looking for an alternative to stave off the temptation of the candy aisle? Substitute some of the sweets with fun, themed snacks that are heavy on the fruits and veggies! Whether you’re packing a spooky snack for a school-aged child, or planning a healthy option to bring to a Halloween party, these cute fruity morsels are sure to be a hit! As always, you can depend on Stasher bags to keep your treats fresh until it’s time to eat.
Slice peeled bananas in half and insert “eyes” made from mini chocolate chips, and a mouth formed from a regular-sized chocolate chip! For a less-healthy but more chocolatey option, try dipping the banana in white chocolate before adding the mini chocolate chip eyes.
Start by either peeling your clementines, or slicing off the peel and pith for a more vibrant burst of orange. Cut a “stem” from a celery stalk and insert it at the top of the orange. These keep nicely for the day if they’re packed in a lunch, or if you need to make something simple ahead of time for a gathering.
This creative idea takes under a minute to make. Simply core and halve an apple, and then peel away strips of skin to give the appearance of a mummy’s bandages. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice onto the apple halves to prevent the exposed flesh from browning too quickly. Use a paring knife to create two small divots in the apple’s flesh where you’d like the “eyes” to be, then insert two chocolate chips. For a fun added touch, you could sprinkle a bit of cinnamon “dirt” on each apple mummy for a just-out-of-the-grave look. Granny smith or red delicious apples give the most contrast, and thus, the most striking results, but any type of apple will do.
The spookiest snack of them all! Purchase canned whole lychee fruits (look in the ethnic food section of your grocery store if you can’t find them in the canned fruits aisle). Dab a bit of strawberry jam into the hollow center of each lychee fruit, and insert a black grape or a blueberry as the “iris”. (hint- these make fantastic cocktail garnishes, too!).
Did you know that you can write on your Stasher bags without ruining their pretty, glossy exteriors? Simply use a dry-erase marker to decorate your Stashers with some spooky spider webs or a Halloween message, then wipe it off later with water. No stains, no residue, and It’s a simple way to add a little festive touch!