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Heart-Healthy Halloween Snacks

Heart-Healthy Halloween Snacks

Heart-Healthy Sweets & Treats

When it comes to helping your little ones to build healthy habits around food and nutrition, it’s important to lead by example. As you plan ahead for your Halloween festivities, try out some of these sweets and treats that keep your heart health in mind!

Funny Face Fruits & Veggies

It’s no mystery that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is good for your heart health, but we’re here to share some special ways that you can make them extra festive! Grab some celery sticks, your favorite apples, strawberries, and some edible googly eyes for this recipe:

  • Begin by slicing your apples into wedges, celery into smaller pieces, and your strawberries into vertical slices.
  • Take about a tablespoon of peanut butter and fill in the center of each of your celery slices.
  • Use about a teaspoon of peanut butter to “glue” two slices of apple together, leaving an opening toward the front to make a mouth.
  • Place 2 edible googly eyes side by side in the peanut butter at the center of each celery stick.
  • Use a small amount of peanut butter to adhere 2 googly eyes to the skin side of 1 apple slice of each sandwich.
  • Place 1 strawberry slice in the center of each appl sandwich to act as a tongue.

Banana Ghosts

Bananas are another fruit that is excellent for your heart health. Along with being chock full of potassium, they also help to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

A simple way to turn these heart-healthy fruits into Halloween snacks is by making banana ghosts! Here’s how:

  • Begin by peeling your bananas and slicing them into halves.
  • On the sliced end of your bananas, cut out triangular pieces to make the bottom of your ghost.
  • Taking melted dark chocolate in a piping bag, make 2 eyes and a mouth on each banana to complete this spooky treat.

Jack-O-Lantern Veggie Plate

Another clever but healthy Halloween treat is to make a jack-o-lantern out of carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli! Follow these tips to make your snack platter a scary success:

  • Begging by taking a large serving tray or cutting board, arrange your carrots into a large circle.
  • Remove some carrots to make spaces for two eyes, a nose, and your desired shape of the mouth.
  • Cut one cucumber into slices, then halve those slices.
  • Arrange the cucumber slices in the space left for the jack-o-lantern’s mouth.
  • Pour your choice of veggie dip into 3 sauce cups and fit them into the spaces left for the eyes and nose.
  • Take several pieces of broccoli and place it at the top of the platter, acting as the jack-o-lantern’s stem.

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