Halloween is one of the few times I let my kids indulge in candy. I want to teach them about balance and I think Halloween provides us with a great opportunity to do so.
On Halloween night the kids will go trick or treating, come home, dump all their candy, and we’ll go through it together to pick out the allergy-friendly candies. They’ll get a couple of candies a day, but we make sure they’re also getting lots of water, all of their vitamins, lots of fresh air, rest, and healthy meals and snacks.
After a few days, Pete and I will offer to buy the majority of the candy from them. It worked well last year, fingers crossed it works this year too.
But in the meantime, it’s up to me to make sure they’re nourished, especially on Halloween night. My kids like green smoothies, though they’re not always green. Sometimes they’re purple and sometimes they’re swamp-colored. Regardless, they’re pretty good about slurping them up!
I made sure this one was bright green, in honor of Halloween. My first title was Goblin Guts, but even my kids were grossed out. We decided Ghoulishly Green Smoothie was better!
Goulishly Green Smoothie (Kid-Friendly)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup apple cider (apple juice will work too)
- 1 tablespoon ground chia
- ½ cup chopped apple (fresh or frozen)
- 2 inch frozen banana chunk
- 1 cup frozen green grapes (organic)
- ½ cup frozen mango
- A handful of spinach
- 1/4 of an avocado (optional)
1. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
Yield: 2 child-sized smoothies
Here are some great Halloween links and recipes:
- A list of gluten-free candies just in time for Halloween night.
- A big list of dairy-free Halloween recipes.
- My Spooktacular Chocolate Cutout Cookies from last year.
- Zombie Eyeball Cupcakes that my kids are taking to school for their Halloween parties.
- Raw Witches Finger Cookies from Choosing Raw.
- I love these do it yourself Banana Mummies from Lexie’s Kitchen.
- How about this idea for abandoning trick or treat for a healthier party? I’m in!