Fun and Healthy Treats your Toddler will love this Halloween!

Judy More, Paediatric Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist

 

Halloween is one of the most exciting activities to celebrate for toddlers! The anticipation of dressing up in their favourite costumes and going trick or treating can be a thrilling experience, however as a parent it can be difficult to find the balance for your toddler between joining in the fun and maintaining a healthy diet. This Halloween we wanted to provide healthy, easy to make snacks that will help avoid a sugar overload while maintaining a festive atmosphere that your toddler will love! Each snack has been created for little tummies to enjoy.

Halloween Inspired Fruit Salad

This is a fun, fruit layered Halloween inspired treat with a healthy twist! Fill the glass bottom with cubed pineapple. Top the pineapple with bite sized clementine chunks. Top up the glass with your favourite yogurt or rice pudding and let your toddler enjoy!

¼ pineapple, cubed
½ clementine, cut the segments in half top with yogurt or rice pudding

Monster Apple Mouths

Apples, peanut butter, and bananas. A go-to snack with a festive flare! Slice the apple of your choice into small wedges. Place peanut butter between the apple wedges, and finally create the monster teeth with small banana pieces.

¼ of an apple sliced in two
½ tbsp of peanut butter
several banana pieces

Halloween Spider Sandwiches

Bread with added wheatgerm, peanut butter, raisins and carrot straws.
Cut out the bread in small circles using either a cookie cutter or rim of a small glass (one slice should produce two circles). Place a sandwich filling such as cream cheese or peanut butter between the two slices. Add raisins for eyes and carrot straws for legs.

Per spider

1 slice of bread, cut into two circles
½ tbsp sandwich filling
8 carrot straws for legs
2 raisins or halved blueberries for the eyes
*Note: you can substitute with another soft sandwich filling such as cheese, ham or tinned fish

Orange Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Cups

Carve out the clementine’s just as you would a pumpkin. Fill with your toddler’s favourite berries or chopped up vegetables for a well-presented treat. *Note: For safety purposes, we recommend parents to slice and carve the clementine’s.

1 clementine
3 tbsp of berries of your choosing

 

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Further Reading

  • Katie Fox, Primary School Teacher   Due to coronavirus, playgroups and nurseries are shut and those children due to start school in a few months will be out of routine and away from friends. It is understandable that many parents are worried about getting their children ready for September. Children learn and progress at different rates so there are no set criteria on what they need to be able to know or do when they first start nursery, but if they have had some experience learning at home it could help to make it a smoother transition. Turn taking games, imaginative play, reading, and developing fine and gross motor skills can promote independence, build confidence and help develop simple skills.
  • Dr Gill Harris, Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist Dr Maddy Harris, Clinical Psychologist   In times of crisis – such as the one we are currently living in – parents may find that the normal stresses of everyday life are magnified and additional worries and concerns emerge. Knowing how to cope may prove difficult, but an approach which has widely been discussed in the media and on social media is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).The premise of ACT is that fears and anxieties are seen as real and cannot be ‘challenged’ away, unlike with cognitive behavioural therapy. By concentrating on our actions we are able to work past our fears. This method may help those struggling with this new chaotic routine we find ourselves in. The Infant & Toddler Forum are here to help with our top tips on how to apply this intervention.
  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   As social distancing policies are put in place, and schools and nurseries shut their doors indefinitely, keeping your toddlers entertained and active for hours on end during COVID-19 may seem daunting and at times virtually impossible! Parents and carers have been thrown into a cozy and chaotic ‘new normal’ and may wonder how they can meet the recommended three hours a day of physical activity for under-fives who are walking. But do not panic, the Infant & Toddler Forum are here to help make sure you have plenty of ideas to keep your toddler happy and entertained whilst encouraging physical activity.