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Halloween Goodies Swap Challenge

Halloween Goodies Swap Challenge

I am challenging you to participate in a Nutritional Halloween Snack Swap. How many times have we gone trick-or-treating during Halloween and get a humongous bag full of candy for our little ones?


Every single year, right! With so much information out there about our nutritional needs we can especially use them for Halloween too.


Halloween marks a time when many begin to fall off their wagon and give into all the sugar and simple carbs that we are bombarded with.


We can begin to change this behavior starting out with our children is really important.

What we do with our children today shapes their entire future. Below are some interesting things to offer.

Goodies don’t have to be just candy anymore.

Halloween time has such a huge selection of fun things to use as goodies for Halloween parties and even your trick-or-treaters.

Greet your Halloween guests with various Halloween goodies such as toys, books and a wide range of tasty snacks.

For example when your party guests arrive, greet them with a smoothie. Instead of juice, a smoothie is a nutritional Halloween Snack Swap choice. This smoothie is also a great choice to take along your Halloween Trick-or-Treat route.


 Year after year, it is the same thing. Going from neighbor to neighbor all handing out things that contribute to diabetes and other health issues.

What about those children who have food allergies? Or children whose parents do not give them candy. Offering alternatives for children allows more children to participate.


What about tired toddlers and preschoolers? Having a toddler and preschooler party allows children in these age ranges to feel included in the festivities. It gets tiring walking around.

Do you host or attend a Toddler Halloween Party?

I am already planning my toddler and preschool friendly Halloween party for next year.

What else can you include in your Halloween Goodies Swap

It is time we adopt new Halloween goodies traditions.  Have you ever tried to hand out something other than candies like little toys little mini books crayons, coloring books and healthy snacks.


These are some fun Halloween goodies to pass out that gives the children something else to do, other than goggle up cavities….. ooops, I mean candy.

There Are a Variety Of Nutritional Halloween Snacks Are Available Including Activities to Use Them With

Have you seen Kate’s Green Halloween Treats I love her ideas, they are fun and the kids don’t even realize the focus is on healthier snacks.

I saw that Earths Best has little cookies with letters on it. How cool is that to give away some little snacks that has letters on them. Not only are they a nutritional snack but also a fun activity the kids can use for spelling out words.

We went and picked up some letter cookies


They can help each other spell their name, a  pets name,  your name,  dad’s name oh my gosh just the possibilities would be endless.

What a great way to introduce your preschooler into phonics as well. Letter recognition, matching letters and even beginning how to spell two letter to three letter words.  


Confessions Of A Homeschooler offers free Letter Of the Week printables, she has paid versions too. Use resources like this with these cookies, it is perfect and it fits really well with it too.


What Nutritional Halloween Snacks Did You Make The Switch With? 

You can give your child a pouch food to snack on while your trick-or-treating or just before you go trick-or-treating that way they’re not saying “hey I want to piece of candy”. Not knowing whether the candy from this house or that house is a safe piece of candy before you can get a chance to check the candy to make sure it’s OK.

Check out the snack variety Ella’s Kitchen offers


I highly suggest  taking along some snacks to give your child a snack for the Halloween adventures.

 I took the Nutritional Halloween Snack Swap Challenge and here is what I came up with:

  1. Ella’s Kitchen pouch foods 
  2. Ella’s Kitchen juice box and a smoothie
  3. Earth’s Best letters and their chocolate chip cookies in a little Ziploc bag 

Before we left my toddler ate some of his fruit and veggie melts that I make for him daily.



What choices did you make for the Nutritional Halloween Snack Swap? Give us some suggestions in the conversation below. 

Here are some other Spooky Halloween things to do too

Bloody Eye Popcorn

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Here is the simple recipe: ½ c dehydrated strawberries, ground into powder. 4 c of popcorn, popped. 1 Tbl. Betsy’s Best peanut butter, almond butter or seedbutter. 3 Tbl. rice syrup 4 Tbl. butter 1 bag eyeball candy Melt together the butter, Betsy’s Best and rice syrup in a microwave for approximately 30 45 seconds, remove and stir until smooth. Add the strawberry powder and mix until smooth. Pour over popcorn in a bowl and mix with spatula.


Milk Producing Oatmeal Balls

Milk Producing Oatmeal Balls

Make more milk with these milk making balls. Yes, laugh, that is what my youngest calls them, milk making balls.

I am always hungry, this breastfeeding hunger is “killer”. I make this in a big batch to last about one week.

These milk producing oatmeal balls are quick to make, last me just about all week, and my kids can also eat them. No, it doesn’t make them produce milk, that would be nuts. It is a great easy to make a snack and is healthy too.

Milk Producing Oatmeal Balls are great for:

  • Want to be able to add calories
  • Eat something healthy
  • Eat a quick snack
  • Increase breast milk production
  • Easy to make
  • Not messy
  • No need to bake

This can also be a great on the go breakfast too. You can easily eat them while you are nursing the baby or pumping your milk.

How To Make No Bake Lactation Oatmeal Snack

Serves 2 Oatmeal Balls

Milk Producing Oatmeal Balls

20 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 5 Cups Regular Oatmeal
  • 2 Sticks Butter
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Of Nut Butter Of Your Choice
  • 1 Cup Nuts Of Your Choice
  • 6 Tablespoons Brewers Yeast
  • 1/4 Cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Flaxseeds
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds


  1. Mix All Liquids Together In One Bowl
  2. Mix All Dry Items Together In Separate Bowl
  3. Heat The Liquids Mixture Until It Is Well Combined And Smooth
  4. Turn Off Heat And Mix In All Dry Ingredients
  5. Use Melon Scooper Or 1 Teaspoonful To Make Your Oatmeal Balls
  6. Roll Into Individual Bite Sized Balls
  7. Refrigerate In Airtight Container
Recipe Type: Snack

Substitutions And Add Ins

Things I have added in are Craisins, dried fruit pieces ( I cut them really small ), I have added yogurt and other things, like M&M’s, mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows cut in half too. I didn’t measure those, my eyes did.

For the coconut milk, you can use any milk like almond milk, hemp milk or another milk of your choosing.

Do Not Leave Out That Butter! If left out, these will crumble, be messy and basically, the butter adds another healthy fat you want and need. 

Make a large batch of balls and freeze some for later. Make some for the new mom or mom who just had her baby. My baby is eleven months old and I still eat these just about daily.

I know others will say to you they aren’t sure if this really works or not, but I know for a fact that when I haven’t had these in a while my milk isn’t as plentiful.