The rainy weather was good for something, though: we did have some fun in the kitchen making up a few healthy Hallowe'en themed snacks to enjoy this week. If you're looking for a creative way to fuel up your ghouls and boys with nutritious foods before Hallowe'en, these recipes might just do the trick!
Green Monster Smoothies (dairy and gluten-free)
I am a huge fan of Angela Liddon's (Oh She Glows) Green Monster Smoothies. I blend one up in the morning several times a week for myself and love it as a quick, healthy breakfast or snack. Yesterday I thought I'd try to entice the boys to drink one, too, by having them each draw a monster face on a clear glass mug with a black dry-erase marker, and then serving them a smoothie in it. Noah and Will still wouldn't drink the green smoothie (sigh), but they did have fun drawing faces on mugs, and the dry erase marker wiped off easily afterwards. If your children are not revolted by the sight of green things that have been pulverized in a blender, then you may want to try making them either Angela's original version, or my own favourite variation of the Green Monster Smoothie below -- they really are delicious!
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp cashew butter
2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
half a mango, peeled and diced
1 small frozen ripe banana
Place all ingredients in the order given in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into a glass (with a monster face drawn on it!) and enjoy.
Pumpkin Cashew Dip (dairy and gluten-free)
1/2 cup raw cashews (plus enough water to just cover them)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Place the cashews in a Magic Bullet or blender with enough water to just cover them. Blend the cashews and water until smooth and creamy. Scoop the cashew cream into a mixing bowl.
Add the pumpkin puree, almond milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon to the bowl. Mix all ingredients until they are well combined. Spoon the dip into a mini pumpkin that has been hollowed out, and serve it with apple slices and/or carrot and celery sticks. Yum!
I hope for all of the kids' sake that the rain will hold off long enough Wednesday for trick-or-treating. Somehow I don't think a quick dash to the grocery store would quite cut it in that case. Have a safe and happy Hallowe'en!