BY ANNA JULIEN | www.thebabybumpdiaries.com
Fall has officially descended upon New York City, bringing along colder temperatures, beautiful foliage, and of course Halloween. My two-year-old daughter started her first year of preschool in September, which means more Halloween parties and definitely more sugar. Up until this point, I haven’t really exposed her to candy, but I imagine those days of blissful unawareness are limited. Regardless, I think it’s important to teach children that Halloween can be celebrated with festive and healthy treats – not just candy. With that in mind, I am excited to share a few of my favorite toddler-approved healthy Halloween recipes. These recipes are easy to whip up and provide great sources of protein, fiber, and a number of beneficial vitamins. Enjoy!
Slimy Green “Kale” Smoothies (4 6oz servings)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/3-cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen whole strawberries
2 cups fresh kale, stems removed
1-teaspoon natural honey
1 clementine for adornments
Combine the ingredients above in a high-powered blended, serve in a festive cup or mason jar and adorn with clementine wedges. Enjoy!
“Pumpkin” Peanut Butter Apple Treats
1 pumpkin shaped cookie cutter
4 pieces of whole wheat flat bread (any type of healthy bread will suffice)
2 tablespoons peanut butter (almond/sun butter)
Drizzle of honey
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1-teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using the cookie cutter cut several pumpkin shaped pieces of bread. Next, with a paring knife, slice an apple into thin pieces. Spread peanut butter over the bread, top with several slices of apple, a drizzle of honey, a dash of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Place on parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees.
Tip: Save the unused portions of bread to make some delicious croutons!
Clementine Pumpkin Bowls
Using a paring knife, slice off the top of each clementine. Scoop out the flesh, leaving a hollow “pumpkin” bowl. Peel and finely dice two kiwis. Spoon the kiwi into each bowl and enjoy!
Tip: Add the flesh of the clementines to a tropical fruit smoothie or freshly squeezed juice!
About the author and recipe creator – Anna Julien is a former PR Executive turned freelance writer and author of The Baby Bump Diaries. She writes candidly about motherhood and raising her growing family in the Big Apple.