Looking for healthier Halloween food ideas?
Beebizy connected with a Lissa Skurnik, a Registered Dietician, to find healthier solutions to the Halloween sugar overload. Here’s what she had to say . . .
Halloween is a great holiday to throw fun and creative parties! Unfortunately, many of these Halloween festivities center around candy and sweets. As most parents know, sweets in moderation can be great, but there is only so much sugar kids can handle! The problem with sugar and simple carbohydrates is they are digested and utilized for energy quickly; the result is a brief energy rush followed by fatigue. For kids, this can result in dreaded “meltdowns” that usually happen at the end of the festivities.
To help prevent these food-based energy bursts, it is important to make sure there are healthy protein options as well as complex carbohydrates to deliver sustained energy. As a parent myself, I always try to find a balance between sweet and healthy and have found that most times it can be both! Providing options, especially for parents and/or kids with dietary restrictions or allergies, helps ensure party success. Read below to find items guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest goblin or ghoul!
Top ten ideas for nutritious Halloween party foods, as well as tips to customize for dietary restrictions, from a Registered Dietician:
- Pumpkin hummus is an easy appetizer! Add 1 cup of canned pumpkin to your favorite hummus recipe and serve with a variety of veggies.
- A cauliflower brain provides a spooky display for dips! Drizzle a head of cauliflower with salsa, ketchup, or red syrup. Scoop out a hole in the top and fill with your favorite dip.
- Decorate deviled eggs with olives shaped into eyeballs or spiders for a spooky and nutritious treat!
- Roasted pumpkin seeds are a high protein snack and are a suitable alternative for nut allergies. Serve either lightly salted or toss lightly oiled seeds with a fun Fall flavoro; such as a combination of salt, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Create a monster melon! Carve out your favorite melon as you would a pumpkin. Serve on a plate with diced fruit spilling out of its mouth.
- Cut pumpkin faces into orange peppers and fill with pesto noodles to look like brains. For a gluten free alternative, use zucchini noodles.
- Severed finger hot dogs are always a kid favorite! Slice out fingernails and knuckles into meat or vegetarian hotdogs and drizzle with ketchup.
- Create an easy vegetable tray shaped as a pumpkin face! Use carrots as the base but have fun using your favorite veggies and dips to create the eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Lychees stuffed with blueberries make for perfect eyeballs to serve in punch! If your punch is not red, soak the eyeballs in a red juice or syrup first to get that monster, bloodshot look.
- A Day of the Dead is a fun party theme alternative and tamales are a popular food to serve. For gluten free, make sure the tamales are made with pure masa harina as other corn flours may contain gluten.
Lissa Skurnik MS, RD, LD, CNSC – Registered Dietician with Integrated Support Solutions