Healthy Halloween Ideas!

With the spookiest day of them all fast approaching, we are certainly not letting the current climate put us off! Below are some spook-tacularly delicious, nutritious treats that are easy to make with your little ones for a fun Halloween house party. All these ideas contribute to your 5-a-day!

Cheesy Mummy Toast

Turn some slices of bread into creepy, yummy mummies!
Toast one side of some wholemeal bread under the grill, spread tomato puree on the other side and sprinkle with some oregano. Cover with strips of cheese, leaving space between strips to look like bandages. Grill again until the cheese is melted and add some sliced black olives for eyes!

Guacamole Halloween Bats

These bats are another creative and nutritious idea for your Halloween-themed table. They’re made from avocados which are rich in vitamin C and a source of thiamine (vitamin B1). Thiamine is essential for effective glucose metabolism and contributes to the normal functioning of the heart and nervous system.
Eat them quick or they might fly away!

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados (mashed)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 1/4 small onion (diced)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 6 black olives (sliced)
  • A handful of corn chips

Directions

  1. Combine the mashed avocado, onion, garlic and lime juice and mix together.
  2. Spoon some scoops of guacamole onto a plate and place a corn chip on each side for wings.
  3. Add two smaller pieces for the ears and finish with olive slices for the eyes!

Vampire Smoothie

What’s a vampire’s favourite drink? This blood orange smoothie, surely! This is the perfect drink for a Halloween party. Naturally sweet and packed with nutrients, this refreshing drink screams autumn with the addition of beetroot, which is in season right now! Check out some beetroot facts here and eat, drink and be scary!

Ingredients

  • 1 beetroot (raw)
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 1 banana
  • 250ml milk (dairy or plant-based)

Directions

  1. Peel and grate the beetroot. Add to a blender.
  2. Peel the oranges and add the orange flesh to the blender, together with the chopped banana.
  3. Pour in some of your preferred non-dairy milk (coconut milk works great) and blitz until smooth. Yummy!

Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts

Pumpkin picking might not be on the cards this year but fear not, you can recreate it at home! Put some chopped celery into the tops of peeled tangerines to resemble pumpkins and chocolate chips into banana halves to make the ghosts. Tangerines are rich in vitamin C, which supports our body’s immune system and helps prevent tiredness and fatigue.
These naturally sweet treats are cute and add some healthy options to the usual Halloween sugar fest!

Wishing you a happy, healthy and spooky Halloween! Have fun!

Author: Demetra Trif, BSc Human Biology and Nutrition student, University of Glasgow

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