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shutterstock_309388319 - monster apple treatBy Meng Zhang

It’s that time of year again.  Ghosts, goblins and (often) gooey treats!  Do your kids have a sweet tooth?  While it’s okay for them to enjoy some of their favorite treats once in a while, it’s always nice to try something different…and healthier!  This Halloween, how about making some tasty and nutritious treats to trick their taste buds? Because the trick to getting your kids to eat healthier is to make food FUN!

Prevent the sugar overload with this kid-friendly and parent-approved Halloween treat: a simple, yummy and adorable snack made with apples, strawberries, peanut butter and cereal.  A good way to help your kids build healthy eating habits is to have them join you in the kitchen.  Get them involved when making this new snack and have fun!

Monster Apple Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored and cut into 8 wedges
  • lemon juice (optional)
  • peanut butter
  • crispy rice cereal
  • strawberries, thinly sliced
  • raisins
  • cream cheese

Directions:

  1. Remove a piece of apple in each wedge to make the opening for the mouth.
  2. If desired, rub the cut portions of the apple wedges with a little lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on both sides of the opening.
  4. Place a slice of strawberry in the middle of the bottom part of the apple for the tongue.
  5. Stick 6 to 8 pieces of crispy rice cereal in the top of the mouth for the teeth.
  6. Instead of the candy eyes seen in the picture, use raisins! Stick them in place with cream cheese.

Please note that peanut butter and raisins can be choking hazards for children under 4 years old.

Meng Zhang is a dietetic intern from Simmons College.

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