Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to break out the Halloween decorations, crafts, and treats in your daycare. It’s par for the course that children in your daycare will want treats. Instead of giving them candy and other treats that may be unhealthy, you may want to consider DIY snacks because they are healthier snacks that are just as tasty. And yes it is possible! If parents want to give their children a sugary treat for Halloween, that is there call, but on your watch, keep it nutritious AND yummy!
Even better: Get the kids involved in making Halloween snacks. Cooking with children helps them to explore a variety foods, learn food preparation skills, and practice cooperation. Cooking with children also allows children to practice fine motor skills. Here are some do-it-yourself Halloween treats and recipes from Co-Founder of BeyondDiet.com and Nutritionist Isabel De Los Rios:
Getting children involved in making their own Halloween treats is one of the best ways to get children less interested in harmful packaged candies, and more interested in their own healthy creations.
Halloween Fruit Gummies
2/3 cup of fresh strawberries or blueberries (or a combo of both)
1/2 cup of water
1/3 cup of unflavored gelatin (I use Great Lakes Gelatin)
1-2 TBS of raw honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, omit to make gummies less sweet)
1. Throw the fresh berries in a blender and add the water until you reach a runny consistency.
2. Pour the berry mixture into a small saucepan over medium heat and slowly add the gelatin. Stir until all the gelatin is dissolved.
3. Pour the mixture into a small 8×8 Pyrex pan. Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut out ghosts, monsters and pumpkins.
4. Kids love these easy to grab gummies and parents can feel good that they only contain all-natural ingredients.
Chocolate Covered Nuts and Raisins
If you’re kids are really insisting on chocolate treats, it is so easy and simple to make your own chocolate covered nuts and raisins.
Organic Chocolate bar (Dark chocolate is best but milk chocolate will also do)
Raw Almonds (or whichever nut is your child’s favorite
1 tsp grass fed butter
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and have it ready.
Using a double boiler, melt your chocolate. Do not let the chocolate directly touch the heat. It will burn. The water should not be boiling, but be hot enough to melt the chocolate.
Add in the butter.
Add in your almonds and raisins.
Use 2 tablespoons to scoop clusters of mixture onto the parchment paper.
Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for several hours until clusters have hardened.
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