There’s no doubt that Halloween is a time of year for families to enjoy quality time together dressing up in costumes, decorating the front yard and of course, trick-or-treating. 

But can the traditions of eating lots of sweets when trick-or-treating be affecting our children’s health?  

And is there such a thing as a yummy & healthy Halloween treat? 

The answer to both of the above questions is YES. 

According to leading neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett, diabetes is now one of the leading causes of ill health in children, outside of mental health struggles.  

In our latest Life Education podcast for parents, Professor Bartlett explores why sugar is an addictive substance, and how it changes the physical and chemical structure of the brain. She also reveals how it’s possible to retrain our mindset through a few simple actions and habits. 

By making a conscious effort to reduce or remove as much processed sugar as possible from your children’s diet, even during events such as Halloween, you can make a positive impact on their habits and health. 

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– Professor Selena Bartlett 

Healthy Halloween Recipes 

There are plenty of healthy Halloween treat recipes available online that are not only yummy but easy to prepare including Peanut Butter Mummy Wraps and Apple Halloween Spiders. 

Our favourite recipe for Halloween 2020 thoughhas got to be the Yoghurt Ghost Pops recipe from Kidspot. They only require 5 ingredients and look just like miniice-creams! 

See below for the full recipe. 

Healthy Halloween Treat

Image Credit: Kidspot kitchen (www.kidspot.com.au) 

Yoghurt Ghost Pops 

Ingredients 

– 4 ripe bananas, peeled 

– 4 tbs Greek yoghurt 

– 1 tbs honey 

– 2 tsp vanilla bean paste 

 – mini dark chocolate chips 

Method 

  1. Line a flat baking tray with baking paper. 
  2. Combine yoghurt, honey and vanilla in a bowl and halve the bananas. Insert a skewer into the cut side of the banana. 
  3. Use a tablespoon to drizzle the yoghurt over the bananas until fully coated, then transfer to the lined tray & freeze overnight. 
  4. Remove the pops five to ten minutes before serving to soften them. After, adthe chocolate chips in a triangle shape to portray two eyes and a mouth. 

Want another healthy recipe to give the kids? Check out our Best Ever Burgers Blog today! 

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