Hy-Vee Dietitian has last-minute Halloween treats

Halloween is known to be a sugar-laden candy fest, so this can be an opportunity to model healthy eating habits and talk to your kids about moderation. Halloween, and all its fabulous chocolaty, gooey sweetness is a once-a-year occasion.

Use this opportunity to talk to your kids and explain to them that candy, like many of our other favorite treats, is a “sometimes” food. “Sometimes” foods aren’t foods we eat every day because they don’t give our bodies the nutrients we need to grow and stay healthy. We enjoy “sometimes foods” on occasion, and because we enjoy them only once in a while, it makes them that much more special.

Now, nobody wants to rain on any kid’s candy parade but not all Halloween treats have to be extremely sugar-laden. To keep things kid-friendly and ward off any candy battles, make up for the lost sugar by upping the fun factor! Here are a few suggestions for frightfully delicious (and nutritious) Halloween-themed foods that both kids and adults can agree upon.

Mummy Pizzas
Serves 12.

All you need:
6 Hy-Vee whole wheat English muffins
1 (15 oz) can Hy-Vee pizza sauce
1 (2.25 oz) can Hy-Vee sliced black olives
6 string cheese

All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Separate English muffins and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce on each muffin half.
3. Place 2 black olive slices on each muffin for mummy eyes.
4. Peel string cheese into slices and lay across muffins to create mummy look.
5. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition per serving: calories 140; fat 5g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 10 mg; sodium 450 mg; carbohydrates 19g; fiber 3g; sugars 3g; protein 4g.

Create-Your-Own Candy Corn Parfaits
Serves 4.

All you need:
4 clear plastic or glass cups
1 (20 oz) can Hy-Vee pineapple chunks in juice, drained, divided
2 (11 oz each) cans Hy-Vee mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained, divided
2 cups Hy-Vee light vanilla nonfat yogurt, divided

All you do:
1. Fill each punch cup with one-fourth of each ingredient.
2. Enjoy! If you are not serving immediately, refrigerate.

Nutrition per serving: calories 170; fat 0g; saturated fat 0g; cholesterol 5mg; sodium 75 mg; carbohydrates 38g; fiber 3g; sugar 32g; protein 5g.

Apple Spiders
These cute spiders are made from apples, peanut butter, and pretzel sticks. They make the perfect after school snack, whether it’s Halloween or not.
Serves 8 (1 spider per serving).

All you need:
4 large apples
8 tbsp. Hy-Vee creamy peanut butter, divided
64 Hy-Vee mini pretzel sticks
Black gel frosting

All you do:
6. Slice green or red apples into 1/2-inch circles.
7. Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter between two apple slices and add 4 mini pretzel stick legs to each side of apple.
8. If desired, finish with black gel frosting for eyes and mouths. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Nutrition facts per spider: 180 Calories, Total Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 160mg, Total Carbohydrates: 24g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Total Sugars: 13g, Added Sugars: 1g, Protein: 4g.
Recipe Sources: www.hy-vee.com