Halloween Healthy Treats for Kids and Parents

From classroom parties to trick-or-treating adventures, Halloween can be a time filled with sweets, but not always the better-for-you versions. But this Halloween, you can provide treats that won’t break your family’s health goals or compromise fun for their dietary restrictions.

Here are seven Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents that are festive and fun!

Witches’ Broomsticks

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

 

These broomsticks pack a punch and are great to munch on in a flash.

You’ll only need three ingredients: string cheese, pretzel sticks, and fresh chives. Cut each cheese stick into thirds, then slice the ends four to five times at the end. Push a pretzel stick into the uncut end and tie a chive around the top of the cheese.

Bonus: They’ll be a good source of protein to balance out all of the sweet stuff.

“Boo”nana Pops

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

Bananas can go from normal to spooky with just a few added ingredients. Better yet, this recipe is so simple that even the youngest of your bunch can help make them!

Cutting bananas in half lengthwise and then widthwise, you’ll end up with four pops per banana. Freeze the banana pieces before spreading melted coconut butter over the top of the pieces. Add raisins for eyes and slide in a popsicle stick for a sugar-free treat.

Bonus: You can always swap coconut butter for white chocolate or raisins for chocolate chips when you can afford a little more sweetness.

Caterpillar Kabobs

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

These buggy treats are quick to make and are ready to share in no time.

Slide 12 clean green grapes along kabob skewers, not puncturing through the last grape and leaving it on the end of the stick to serve as the caterpillar’s head. Making sure that the grapes are dry, add small dots of vanilla icing on the last grape and then add mini chocolate chips on each icing dot to create eyes.

Bonus: These store well in the fridge so they can be made the night before, saving you time the day of your party or event.

Wiggle Worms & Spooky Spiders Dirt Pudding

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

Who says candy concoctions can’t be a little healthier? Dirt pudding filled with wiggle worms and spooky spiders may sound a little wild, but it’s actually good for you. This treat is made using only items that are from health-conscious companies .

To make the “dirt,” take Dr. Oetker Organic Chocolate Pudding, which has only four simple ingredients and is GMO-free, and then layer the pudding with crushed gluten-free KinniToos Chocolate Vanilla Sandwich Cookies from Kinnikinnick Foods. Top it all off with Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders and Gummy Worms for yummy, gooey success.

Bonus: You can use any leftover gummy worms or spiders and freeze them into ice cubes to make drinks fun and even more tasty.

Silly Apple Bites

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

 

Turn regular green apples into something extraordinary and fun for the whole family.

Cut green apples into quarters, slicing a gap in the middle. Fill the gap with sunflower butter, placing sunflower seeds into the top of the gap to form teeth, and strawberry slices at the bottom to create tongues. Add one or two vegan googly eyes to the top, which are made by adding chocolate chips to a non-dairy sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, and almond milk paste.

Bonus: After you make the googly eyes, you can use the extra eyes on tons of other treats. Just store them in an airtight container for later use.

Frankenguac
Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

Yikes! Frankenstein never looked as good as he does in this guacamole snack.

After making a batch of your favorite guacamole from fresh avocados, spread it onto a platter using a spatula to get it into a rectangular shape. Add some blue tortilla chips to the top to form Frankenguac’s hair and spoon two dollops of sour cream onto the top for eyes. Use sliced olives for both the center of the eyes and the mouth, and voila! He’s alive!

Bonus: This recipe looks harder than it is and will not only be easy to make, but also impressive! Your kids will be super proud.

Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries

 

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

Take a break from all the dessert with some festive sweet potato fries.

Slice up sweet potatoes, and then cut out fun jack-o-lantern designs in the slices. You can even use cookie cutters to make your designs! Drizzle either olive or avocado oil over the slices and sprinkle them with a layer of your favorite seasonings.

Pop them into the oven at 400 degrees and 15 to 20 minutes later, you’ll have soft, sweet fries.

Bonus: You can throw on cinnamon for an extra kick.

What are some of your favorite spooky snacks? Let us know by connecting with Surf Sweets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts

 

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts: 4 All-Natural DIY Spa Recipes

You know your wife, partner or mom is the sweetest. We have some fun ways to show her this year, just in time for Mother’s Day, with homemade Mother’s Day gifts.

Skip breakfast in bed this year as your gift to Mom—which usually means a messy kitchen and eating slightly burnt toast—and treat her to four easy, all-natural bath indulgences that make for great homemade Mother’s Day gifts.

You know your wife, partner or mom is the sweetest. We have some fun ways to show her this year, just in time for Mother’s Day, with homemade Mother’s Day gifts.  Skip breakfast in bed this year as your gift to Mom—which usually means a messy kitchen and eating slightly burnt toast—and treat her to four easy, all-natural bath indulgences that make for great homemade Mother’s Day gifts.

 

All of these can be made mainly with ingredients in your house or found at a local grocery store or food co-op. We love that each item can be customized to your wife, mom or your own preferences.

Like lemon over lime? Not an issue! Want to try grapefruit? Great! And, they’re simple enough to scale that you could easily make them for all the women in your life, from aunts to grandmas.

And if you are the mom of the house, why not make them with your kids as a spring activity? When you are asked what you really want for Mother’s Day, you can say that you want some time to yourself in a hot, indulgent bath with your homemade spa products. A little mommy-me time is good for everyone.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

We put together four easy, all-natural recipes to make homemade Mother’s Day gifts a breeze. The best part was all can be made in under an hour with measuring spoons, cups, bowls and jars.

Add some Surf Sweets, a card, and some freshly sliced cucumber for tired eyes to give Mom ultimate relaxation. She’ll love the minimal mess and maximum enjoyment of these gifts. And Mom feels appreciated and cared for, just like she makes the rest of the family feel.

For containers, use mason jars or empty jam jars or pretty clear containers at local shops or boutiques. We love that you can reuse what you have and also have the jars for storage afterwards.

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts Recipes

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

 

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

1 cup olive oil (you can use alternatives like grapeseed, sunflower or jojoba)

1 cup Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar

1 ½ cups Wholesome! Organic Light Brown Sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (make sure it’s pure extract and not flavoring)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then store in an airtight jar.

Sugar scrub can be used once a week to exfoliate. It’s especially great on the face and neck where salt scrubs are too strong or for individuals with sensitive skin. It dissolves quickly in warm water, leaving no residue just soft (and scented!) skin. You can also add some Vitamin E oil for extra moisturizing. If the sugar and oil separate, stir with a spoon.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

 

Citrus Salt Scrub

1 cup grapeseed oil

½ cup fine sea salt

+/- 20 drops of citrus essential oils per cup of sea salt (lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit are all fairly easy to find).

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then store in an airtight jar.

Salt scrub is an excellent exfoliant and, with the moisturizing oil, leaves skin soft and smooth.  We added orange essential oils as a pick-me-up making the whole experience refreshing and invigorating. Any essential oil can be substituted so spend some time sniffing around for a smell you think Mom will like. You can also make it as subtle or strong as you like or use other essential oils like lavender or mint.

You can use almost any moisturizing element in these homemade Mother’s Day gifts, from grapeseed oil to jojoba oil or high quality olive oils. We recommend sourcing fine sea salt (available at many grocery stores or food co-ops) as table salt can be abrasive.

Use your salt scrub once a week, but not on your face and neck! If you have very sensitive skin, try adding citrus oils to your sugar scrub instead. If the salt and oil begin to separate in the jar, give it a quick stir before applying.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Lavender Chamomile Bath Tea

4-5 tablespoons loose tea

4-5 cups hot water

Steep the tea in boiling water for five minutes or more. Strain it into a bottle.

Chamomile tea is just about the most relaxing drink out there and is also an anti-inflammatory. Lavender is one of the best known scents for relaxation. When we found lavender chamomile tea we loved the idea of relaxing surrounded by the scent of the two combined. You could also offer this in a variety of teas from invigorating mint to refreshing lemon verbena. Again, it’s about what Mom loves!

When it’s bathtime, pour the tea into the bath, swirl and enjoy.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Peppermint Lip Scrub

Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar, ground super fine

Olive oil

Peppermint essential oil or extract.

You’ll want your sugar super fine for your lip scrub. Place the desired amount of sugar in a food processor and grind for a minute or so until it is more soft than coarse. In a small bowl, mix together the caster sugar and olive oil until they form a spreadable paste. Add a drop or two of peppermint or desired extract.

This is one of our homemade Mother’s Day gifts that is safe and delicious enough to eat! Store in a tiny jar and tell Mom to place some paste on her lips, massage and then lick it off. She’ll reveal soft lips and enjoy the sweet taste.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

To make these homemade Mother’s Day gifts even easier, we’ve created a printable label set for you. These tags are the perfect addition to surprise mom this year. Print them out, cut and attach to your bottles with twine or string.

With these four spa recipes, homemade Mother’s Day gifts are something that mom can enjoy over and over again.

We’d love to see how you’re showing Mom she’s sweet this year. Tag us on Instagram, @surfsweets, whenever you serve or give Surf Sweets!

Perfect pink party ideas

The Perfect Pink Party Celebration

If you grew up in the 80s you likely remember the absolute classic John Hughes film “Pretty in Pink.” Who could forget Andie floating out in her handmade bubble gum pink prom gown? It’s perfectly picturesque. Fun fact: many Hughes films (like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) were set in Chicagoland, just like Surf Sweets!

We love a good love story and we’re thinking pink ourselves. Prom is a magical moment but there are plenty of times you can party in pink long before or after senior year!

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Your complete guide to a circus themed birthday party

Birthday Party Ideas: Circus Theme

Step right up! Check your worries at the door and prepare yourself for a deliciously delightful celebration full of wonder and excitement! Surf Sweets presents: the Greatest Birthday Party on Earth! We’ve taken the mystery out of picking the perfect summer birthday party ideas and invite you to join us on an adventure that will leave you wanting more!

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5 summer crafts

5 Crafts to Celebrate Summer

With the end of the school year, lots of summer birthdays and, of course, Father’s Day in the mix, we are bringing you some easy, interchangeable crafts for favorite teachers, favorite dads and just for fun! We’ve got a quick way to up your smoothie game, party favors for any fishing fans and a popsicles with a sweet surprise you can adapt to any dietary restrictions, allergies or sensitivities!

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Safe Summer Snack Mix Ideas

Summer is prime time for picnics, outdoor parties, sports practices and more. Having a simple staple summer snack mix recipe keeps the kids happy and fueled for fun! There are plenty of safe options to make a trail mix for any food allergy or dietary restriction that is perfectly salty and sweet. We’ve broken down what it takes to create the best summer snack mix that will satisfy your kids’ taste and your health concerns.
safe summer snack mix

Elements of the Perfect Summer Snack Mix

The Crunch or Crisp: It adds bulk, intrigue and substance to help fill you up while keeping things interesting.

The Salt: This is the quintessential characteristic of trail mix. When mixed with sweet, it creates that classic play on your taste buds that wakes you up and keeps you interested.

The Nutrients: Without getting into the science, the purpose of trail mix is to provide delicious energy without completely ignoring health needs. Different parts of the mix can provide protein, electrolytes, vitamins and antioxidants.

The Flavor Filler: Pull different elements together and bulk up the mix with something simple and understated.

The Sweet: Arguably the best part of any summer snack mix. It’s the fun highpoint that compliments salty ingredients and keeps little hands reaching for more.

The Soft: Balance out the crunch and crisp with something soft or chewy.

List of Safe Ingredients

Walk through the aisles of any grocery store and you’ll find multitudes of potential ingredients. In summer, the key is to find light and bright elements to match the happiness in the air.

Many of these ingredients fall into multiple of the aforementioned elements and we tried to include options that are safe for multiple allergies and dietary considerations. Our recommendation is to choose 1-2 ingredients per element to create a well-rounded snack mix.

Pumpkin Seeds: A salty and crunchy substitute for nuts, pumpkin seeds helps provide zinc, magnesium and protein, among other nutrients.

Sunflower Seeds: Another good nut-free option, sunflower seeds have vitamins like E and B.

Puffed Rice (plain or chocolate): Non-cereal types can be crispy fillers that won’t throw off the sweet and salty balance.

Puffed Quinoa: Quinoa has protein (good substitute for nuts), calcium (good as a dairy-free substitute for yogurt-coated ingredients), vitamins C and E and more. Puff it up and it adds crispness to your snack mix!

Popcorn: Air-popped and all-natural varieties make this ingredient less yucky so you can add crunch, saltiness and fiber.

Gluten Free Pretzels: Crumble these for pockets of salt and crunch. Because of rising demand, you can find vegan, dairy free, egg free, peanut free or tree nut free options to cover your food allergy bases.

Rice Cakes: Break these into little pieces for an even crunchier experience than puffed rice.

Dried Fruit: Even if you don’t make your own, there are plenty of all natural dried fruit options at stores that won’t have yucky additives. Dried bananas provide crunch and potassium while berries (blueberries, strawberries and goji berries) and apples provide an array of vitamins and antioxidants. They’re colorful and sweet (but not too sweet), to boot.

Gummy Bears: Soft, chewy and sweet, these add a more summery flair than traditional chocolate candy. With options free of all top 10 food allergens, this is a safe and exciting ingredient for kids. Tip: the vegan Fruity or Sour Berry Bears last longer in hotter weather.

Jelly Beans: Their outer coating is more similar to the expected chocolate candies in trail mix, but their natural fruit juices bring in food allergy-friendly color and sweetness.

Our Ultimate Mix Recipe: Gluten free, nut free, vegan and dairy free summer snack mix

gluten free nut free summer snack mix trail mix

We put together this picnic-ready summer snack mix recipe that was well received on social media. Because of our household food allergies, we chose ingredients that avoided wheat and dairy. The products we found made the end result vegan, peanut free and tree nut free.

We included:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dried goji berries
  • Dried apples
  • Dried blueberries
  • Plain puffed rice
  • Crumbled pretzel crisps
  • Gummy bears

For easy mixing and packing, layer the ingredients in your preferred proportions in a plastic container. Then, seal the lid tightly and shake (or let the little ones have some fun with it)!