10.29.2009

Halloween is officially here and it's on a weekend, which is nice. In Des Moines, they have "beggars" night and have trick or treating the night before Halloween. My co-worker and I were talking about putting goody bags together for niece's, nephews and my new neighbor's children. Stacey came up with a great idea. She purchased a plastic "cauldron" pot and put some fun and healthy treats in it. For her 1 year old niece, she got age appropriate snacks like banana puffs and whole grain crackers. For her older niece and nephew, she is putting bananas, apples, whole grain fish crackers, little containers of 100% juice, low-fat string cheese and healthy granola bars with fiber.

Since kids will have a ton of candy, why not give them some fun treats that are also good for them. Chances are they will love the options in the goodie pot. I also got a great recipe idea from Stacey that makes fun treats for the kids that are healthy and have chocolate in them. These are perfect for a Halloween party!

Spooky Spiders

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of peanut butter flavored chips
2 cups of Fiber One Cereal (the twigs)
50 mini candy coated baking chips

1. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter chips in a saucepan on low heat until completely melted.
2. Mix in the Fiber One
3. Drop one teaspoon of mix on wax paper
4. Place 2 mini candy coated baking chips on the spooky spider so it looks like eyes (I like yellow and green eyes)
5. Wait for chocolate to set and serve!

Serving: 1 cookie that provides 100 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 25 grams of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Courtesy of www.fiberone.com