Healthy Halloween Treats
Kids love October 31. From dressing up in their favorite costume to trick-or-treating to attending spooky parties, Halloween is one of the best times of the year for most children. Unfortunately, the foods generally associated with these fall festivities can be really scary. But by substituting healthier snacks for high-fat, high-calorie candies and other goodies, your little ghosts and goblins can enjoy Halloween foods and get beneficial nutrients at the same time. Check out the following:
Toasted pumpkin seeds: Reserve the seeds after carving your pumpkin and soak in water for two hours. Dry thoroughly, place in a single layer on a large cookie sheet, and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
Taco dip: In a pie plate or on a platter, layer fat-free refried beans, fat-free sour cream, salsa and low-fat shredded cheese. Top with chopped black olives. Turn the dish into a cat's face: Cut out 2 triangles from a green bell pepper for eyes, and one from a red bell pepper for a nose. Use thin strips of green onions to make the whiskers. Serve with baked tortilla chips.