This post features recipes from Natural Delights Medjool Dates- a brand I LOVE working with, but this is not a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Fun + Healthy = YES, it's really possible. When kids get to play with food, they often end up trying and liking new foods, even fruits and vegetables! Halloween is the perfect time to have some fun in the kitchen with fruits and veggies. Check out some of my personal favorites AND some seriously creative and tasty treats from some of my favorite dietitians!
Let's dig in- it's time to get your fingers sticky and your tummies happy!
These Caramel Apply Dippers have been seriously upgraded because instead of caramel, they have Medjool Date Paste Caramel. Which is basically Medjool dates + water blended in a food processor until it's the consistency of caramel. Medjool dates naturally taste like caramel and they're naturally sweet- no added sugars needed for this sweet treat! Drizzle on some "caramel" and add your favorite toppings like coconut, mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts or pretzel pieces!
String cheese fingers and carrot eyeballs are some of the creepiest and creative ways to get your kiddos playing with some vegetables. Simply cut a piece of string cheese in half and use a butter knife to make small "knuckle" indentions. Put a small dab of cream cheese on pieces of bell pepper shaped like fingernails, and create a creepy kid-friendly snack!
If your kiddos are olive lovers (this always surprises me when kids love olives, but I've worked with many families whose children do love these briny funky tasting little weird blobs of healthy fat.....confession, if you can't tell, I am NOT an olive fan!), place sliced black olives on sliced carrots with a little dab of cream cheese to bring the eyes to life!
Talk about fun and easy- Mandarin pumpkins will make your kids giggle and their tummies happy. Simply peel a mandarin and stick a small piece of celery on top and you've got yourself a pumpkin. You can also make jack-o-lanterns by taking a sharpie to an unpeeled mandarin!
Let's take a quick sidestep from creepy snacks and talk shop (shop=pumpkin). Pumpkin peanut butter stuffed Medjool dates and Pumpkin Cream cheese stuffed Medjool Dates. These little bites of goodness are GOOD FOR YOU and perfect for everything from an afternoon snack to appetizers at your next dinner party. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of pumpkin into either 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or cream cheese and stuff inside pitted Medjool dates. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top and enjoy!
Here's a few other spooky, fun and healthy treats from some of the best dietitians around!
Wishing everyone a safe and fun Halloween! <3 Shannon
Welcome to Kiss in the Kitchen! I'm Shannon, and my dad always told me "Keep it simple, Shannon". And that's what you'll find here- simple recipes and simple ideas to help you get healthier and happier.