Tricky Halloween Treats

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Thousands of children look forward to Halloween each year for the sole reason of getting huge bags filled with candy. For parents who are trying to teach their children good eating habits, this can be an extremely challenging time of year. After all, no parent wants to deny their child the fun of Halloween, but no kid needs to eat five pounds of junk food in one week, either. Fortunately, there are dozens of treats that go great with the holiday and are good for the body, as long as parents know the proper way to prepare them.

Pizza With Spinach Sauce

Pizza is one of the favorite treats for children everywhere, but most parents aren't too happy about feeding their child such an unhealthy dinner. Fortunately, there are several tricks to making the meal healthier. To start, parents should always make the pizza from scratch so they know exactly what's going into it. To save time, these pizzas can be made in advance and frozen to be baked later.

The next step to making pizza healthier is to use the right ingredients. Instead of using regular crust, parents should opt for whole wheat whenever possible. For the sauce, sneak some vegetables in by blending a half cup spinach with a few spoonfuls of water. This creates a baby food like texture, so parents won't have to worry about their child seeing any "gross" leaves or "green things" in their food. Next, add the spinach to two cups of tomato sauce. Stir until the spinach disappears, spread it on the pizza, then top with skim mozzarella. Children are sure to love this recipe, and even better, they're getting multiple servings of vegetables with every slice they eat. If your kids will eat them, try adding some fresh diced tomatoes or pieces of broccoli, or other veggies you kids will eat.

Candied Apples

Apple treats are a favorite fall snack, and while most parents won't like the idea of covering a fruit with sugar, it is possible to make this treat a little less unhealthy. To start, parents should switch milk chocolate with dark chocolate and avoid caramel completely. After the apple has been dipped, children can roll it in healthier alternatives to candy, such as peanuts, coconut shavings, or pumpkin seeds.

Monster Ice Cream

Ice cream may not seem like the best thing to eat, but when it's actually made from bananas and spinach, it definitely is. To make this, parents will need two frozen ripe bananas, a few drops of peppermint extract, 1/16th teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons milk, 1/4 cup spinach and optional chocolate chips. To prepare, all parents have to do is add the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. The spinach is impossible to taste due to the mint flavor, but it still gives the ice cream a fun ghoulish color.