Apple Goons and Eyeballs

A sweet and silly snack for this Halloween season courtesy of Longmont Dairy.

Apple Goons adn Eyeballs
Apple Goons and Eyeballs

Ingredients – 

Eyeballs – make 24 hrs ahead:

Package of mini-chocolate chips 1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
2 teaspoons milk

2 green apples – cored and quartered
peanut butter
3 strawberries, sliced flat for tongues
64 shelled sunflower seeds for teeth

Directions – 

Eyeballs

Whisk together powdered sugar and cornstarch. Add corn syrup and milk and stir to a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag (or baggie with the corner snipped off) and pipe small dots onto a sheet of waxed paper. Gently add a mini chocolate chip in the center before the icing sets up. Allow the eyes to set (or dry), on your counter, for at least 24 hours.

Apple Goons

Cut a mouth out of the center of the peel side. Fill gap with peanut butter. Place a sliced strawberry as the tongue, 8 sunflower seeds as the teeth and “glue” the premade eyeballs on with a little peanut butter.

Makes 12 Completed Apple Goons

 

Halloween Fun: Broomstick Snacks

Savory Broomsticks, for the kid in all of us.  Get creative with a healthy snack for this holiday.  Mozzarella string cheese (least processed version you can find), carrot sticks or pretzels and a little celery strings. Check it out!

Cut each string cheese in half. Carefully slice 1 end of each piece into thin strips like broom stick bristles. On the top of the uncut half, use the tip of a knife to make a small indentation. Twist the pretzel stick or carrot into the indentation to create the broom stick. Finis off each broom with a length of chive tied into a knot near the top of the cheese piece. Tada, your own mini broom. Eat and enjoy.

Have your kids help put this easy, fun snack together. it will bring out their creativity. Not looking for perfection, just fun!

7,000 Calories!

What? Yes, this is the average amount of calories in candy a single child will collect on Halloween.
It will take 44 hours of walking for a 100lb child to use up that calorie load. Just sayin’!

Before your child dives into the stash, ask them when they are going to fit in 44 hours of walking this week.

What to do?  Everything in moderation is the good way to approach the holidays. Pick out his/her favorite treat, one per day, and have it along with a small healthy snack.  That way they get a bit of the goodies, but also have other foods in their system to counterbalance the sugar rush in their blood stream.