Healthy Holiday Snacks

Posted at: 10/29/2012 7:38 AM
Updated at: 10/29/2012 7:50 AM


Many people have very healthy appetites when Halloween and Thanksgiving roll around. But a lot of times, they do not eat healthy.

Rebecca Lindberg from Blue Cross Blue Shield stopped by Good Morning Northland Monday to show a healthier Halloween trail mix and a pumpkin dip for Thanksgiving dinner.

You can find more healthy tips by visiting www.bluecrossmn.com

Healthy Halloween Trail Mix

Trail Mix Optional ingredients:

- Pumpkin seeds

- Dried apples Pistachio nuts or other nuts

- Dried cranberries or raisins

- Coconut slivers

- Seasoned popcorn

- Candy corn (or chocolate chips)

Halloween Tips:

Pick treats with some redeeming nutritional quality like dark chocolate with nuts (protein, good fat and fiber), low-fat individual serving size bags of popcorn (whole grain and fiber) or small bags of trail mix such as this…

- This is a great snack to make at home or at a school party or bring to a neighborhood party.

- Mix in seasonal ingredient favorites that add fiber, protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied.

- Send your kids off with a healthy meal before trick or treating to curb hunger and excessive candy intake.

- For many kids, the thrill of the holiday is in the “hunt”. Once they return from going door to door, let them have a predetermined number of candy choices and then agree to donate it, freeze it or throw it.

Healthy Thanksgiving Dip Recipe

Adapted from Cooking Light


- 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt

- ½ can of pumpkin

- ¼ cup packed brown sugar

- 1 Tbls maple syrup

- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

Mix and serve with sliced apples or bananas.

Thanksgiving Tips:

- Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Don’t try to “save up”! Skipping meals sets you up for over indulging later.

- While the Thanksgiving meal is being prepared, set out healthy snacks like cut up fruit with this seasonal pumpkin dip. It’s easy to make and delicious. You can even get your kids involved in making it. The more they help in the kitchen, the more likely they’ll try to foods.

- Prevent overeating at your Thanksgiving meal, by…