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4 PCP-Approved Halloween Treats

Halloween is often an exciting holiday for children. It gives them a chance to be creative, by wearing costumes that represent their favorite cartoon characters, princesses, superheroes, and more. But, probably the most exciting part of Halloween are the treats that come along with it. The month of October is filled with candy and spooky treats. No one should be left out of the fun, but there are also ways to indulge without sacrificing your health. Here are some ideas for halloween treats even your PCP would approve of. 

1. Spooky Celery
Every PCP will tell you to eat your vegetables, but getting children to eat vegetables can sometimes prove to be a difficult task. How can we blame them? In the face of colorfully-wrapped candy, sometimes even adults want to go for the ladder. A great way to make vegetables appealing for children is to make them fun to eat. Get in the spooky spirit by turning celery and peanut butter into a Halloween treat. Spread peanut butter onto celery and top it with plastic spiders, so that when the kids go for a snack, they’re excited to eat it. They won’t feel like they’re missing out on any of the fun. 

2. Jack O’Oranges 
As confusing as this treat sounds, it’s actually really easy to make. Plus, they are PCP-approved. Navel oranges, clementines, or mandarins all work well for this idea. All you have to do is use a sharpie to draw a jack o’lantern face on the skin of the orange. These are easy enough for your kids to help make, while having fun eating fruit. These are great for breakfast, packed into lunches, or to take on the go. 

3. Banana Boos
Pack some potassium into your Halloween treats this year! All you need are some bananas, regular-sized chocolate chips, and mini-chocolate chips. First, cut the bananas in half. Then, on each half, use two mini-chips for the eyes, and one full size chip for the ghost’s mouth. That’s it! It combines a little bit of sweet, with a fruit that provides beneficial vitamins and minerals. 

4. Bewitched Apples
An apple a day, keeps your PCP away! Apples are rich in fiber and antioxidants, which can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and more. Your kids might not care about these things right now, but as a parent, of course you do. Trick them into healthy eating, with easy-to-make festive apples. Dip apples into melted dark chocolate or caramel, then before they are dry, dip them into Halloween sprinkles. 

There’s nothing wrong with indulging a little bit during Halloween. However, there are ways to enjoy treats throughout the month without resorting to candy all of the time. These recipes are fun to make, so get the whole family involved! Save the candy for trick-or-treating, and even then, limit the amount of sugary treats you eat by swapping in some of these fruit and vegetable ideas. If you’re in need of a visit with a PCP, there’s no need to wait. Visit PrimeCare in Searcy on a no-appointment necessary basis, so that you can find a time that works for you, and still get in on the Halloween fun.