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The art of preparing your children’s lunches . . . after a few weeks of getting used to Bento box and thermos lunches, it’s now time to get a little extra creative for Halloween! Just because Halloween falls on a Monday, it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be celebrated to the max! Here are a few ideas on how to make your children’s lunch a lot more fun . . . and frightful!

Mud pudding with worms

This was a must when I was a kid, and I still love this classic dessert that looks like a pot of dirt filled with worms. Instead of using traditional gummies made with artificial ingredients, I now opt for Smart Sweets, all-natural candy that contains no harmful ingredients or colours. You can make your little pots of dirt with homemade pudding. Simply blend the following ingredients together:
Mud pudding with worms
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
*(makes 2 portions; keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days) Next, fill your small pots or jars with the pudding, crumble Made Good chocolate cookies on top, and add the Smart Sweets gummies. If you want to save time, you can use a pudding mix (Belsoy) instead of making it from scratch.

Pumpkin clementines

Ask your kids to help you make these cute little pumpkin clementines. They make a healthy and festive snack that everyone will love . . . because who doesn’t like clementines?! Ingredients (makes 4):
  • 4 clementines (or another citrus fruit of your choice)
  • ¼ of a cucumber
Method:
  1. Gently peel the clementines, making sure the interiors stay intact.
  2. Cut the cucumber into small sticks, leaving the skin on.
  3. Insert a cucumber stick into the top part of each clementine to form a stem.
  4. Repeat with the remaining clementines.
  5. Pack in your children’s lunch boxes or serve on a platter.

Ghost eggs

Hard-boiled eggs that look like ghosts . . . there’s nothing simpler to make! Here’s what you need: hard-boiled eggs, a knife, and a straw.
Ghost eggs
  • Start by cutting the base of the eggs off, so that they stand upright without toppling over.
  • Next, take your regular-size straw and insert it where you imagine your ghost’s eyes to be-near the narrow end (at the top) of the oval.
  • The straw must be inserted into the white part of the egg only. Stop before you hit the yolk.
  • Turn the straw to form a circle.
  • To create a vacuum effect, pull the straw at a slight angle, so that the circle that you just sculpted out of the white part stays inside the straw once you pull it out of the egg entirely.
  • For the mouth, create an incision with the knife.
  • Repeat with the other eggs.
See how easy it is to make festive lunches that are also super healthy? All you need is a little imagination and some quality ingredients. We hope you have a safe and exciting Halloween with your kids!