1. Scary Smoothie bowl
Health Benefits: This has lots of protein, from the yogurt and protein powder. Protein helps you feel fuller longer, making your kids less likely to binge on sweets. Also plenty of nutrients, prebiotics and antioxidants from the berries and greens. Prebiotics are necessary for a healthy gut flora, which keeps us healthy and affects our mood.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 bag frozen mixed berries or 2 cups fresh - blueberry, strawberry, blackberry
- Greek or coconut milk yogurt (for the spider web)
- 1 green apple
- 2 cups spinach or kale
- 4 pitted medjool dates
- 2-3 Tsp chia seeds
- 4 scoops Protein powder
- ¼ Cup mixed nuts
- 1-2 cups almond milk (personal preference to thickness and taste)
2. Boo-nana pops banana, mini chocolate chips or carob chips
Health Benefits: high in potassium, magnesium and B6 and low in sugars. Pectin in bananas moderates blood sugar levels and helps people feel full, so it's helpful when you've eaten extra sugar. Boosts mood (magnesium), improves digestion, and can aid in weight loss and blood pressure reduction due to high potassium content.
3. Spooky hummus dip - hummus, carrots, sliced almonds
Health Benefits - Hummus is a source of tryptophan (like we find in turkey) that boosts serotonin production and makes you happy. Also makes you relaxed, which may help you get your little ones off to bed after all that sugar.
4. Monster Eyes grapes, candy eyes
Health Benefits: Grapes are a great source of powerful antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, and despite the sweetness, grapes have been shown to possibly reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and are acceptable in a diabetic diet. Their water and fiber content are also great for alleviating constipation. Their high potassium can counteract the effect of sodium and salt consumption, especially in people with high blood pressure.