Happy Halloween! Healthy Jack O’ Lanterns for the grand kids!

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Halloween always presents a challenge for healthy eating and it seems like when the grandchildren arrive to celebrate, grandparents have a hard time holding back on the treats.  I am very happy to present this post from guest contributor Kimberly Arnold, RDN from Creative Health Solutions LLC with a great way to have a Happy Halloween when the kids come to visit while avoiding some of the extra sugar from traditional treats.

“Trick-or-Treat, Give me something GOOD to eat!”

By: Kimberly Arnold, RDN

Since becoming a mom 7 years ago, I’ve come to realize something:  Grandparents MUST spoil their grandchildren.  I think somewhere in their DNA, a gene is switched on at the first site of their grandchild that provides them with the ability to completely ignore their previous behaviors as parents.  Instead of “No, you can’t have that,” they respond with only ‘Yes!’  In fact, they actually OFFER all of the things they know are forbidden, especially when it comes to food.

My daughters learned very early on that going to Grandma and Papa’s house meant one thing…TREATS!  In addition to the snacks and desserts that are always on display (tempting for kids and grown-ups alike!), mornings after a sleepover at Grandma and Papa’s house always start with a pancake breakfast.  Not so bad…except that pancake breakfasts start with a spray of whipped cream directly into the mouth –  Thanks Dad!

Sound familiar??  I often hear from clients how they keep a special selection of treats around for their grandchildren and then find they indulge in the treats as well.  With Halloween just around the corner (treats galore!), why not consider spoiling those kids (and yourself) with something a little more creative and A LOT healthier?

I can’t claim ownership of this one; I saw it years ago. Sadly, I can’t recall where, but I guarantee they will love it!

Healthy Jack-O-Lanterns

Kimberly Arnold, RDN

Ingredients:

  • Oranges
  • Fruit Salad (anything will do)
  • Paring Knife
  • Whipped Cream (that’s for you Dad:)

Directions:

  1. Cut a circle out of the top of each orange.  Scoop out fruit, chop and add to fruit salad.
  2. Carve a face in each orange.
  3. Fill each orange with fruit salad.
  4. Top with a whipped cream hat just before serving


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