With childhood obesity increasing at an alarming rate, we’re always searching for ways that encourage our kids to develop good eating habits. Yelling, “Eat your vegetables!” at the dining table isn’t quite the most effective method. It’s our responsibility as parents to find innovative tactics. Why not take advantage of the holiday and host a small Halloween party for dinner? Here are two simple ideas for putting a special Halloween spin on familiar foods that your kids will be dying to try. Let’s encourage participation by creating spooky stations in the kitchen where they can put together their own meals.   

Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas

Purchase pre-made pizza dough at your local grocery store and divided it into individual servings. Lay out small bowls of tomato sauce, shredded low fat cheese, sliced orange pepper, diced black olives, and any other of your favorite vegetable toppings. Vegetables have a multitude of vitamins and minerals essential for growing bodies. Let the kids create their own personal Jack-O-Lantern Pizza. Try making a game out of the activity; this way we can encourage the use of more ingredients and produce a more well-rounded meal. Bake on a non-stick sheet in an oven that is preheated to 400°F for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is lightly golden brown.

Witches’ Brew

The night before, place one gummy worm in each cube of an ice tray. Two to three ice trays should suffice for a small party. Fill the trays with sugar-free limeade and freeze until solid. At the Halloween party, mix orange juice and carbonated water into a punch bowl with ladle. Remember one hundred percent orange juice contains high levels of Vitamin C, which helps strengthen developing immune systems. Remove cubes from freezer and place in another bowl on the side. Let the kids assemble their own cup of Witches’ Brew. Top each cup with a small scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.