For a healthy classroom or party treat, create a Halloween skeleton made with crunchy vegetables, and serve it with our Rainbow Vegetable Dip.
And then watch the kids eat lots and lots of vegetables!
Why serve Halloween candy in the classroom or at a pre trick-or-treat party when the kids can munch and crunch their way through a make-your-own vegetable skeleton instead.
Our skeleton started out as a boy, but then he became a she with all that spinach and bell pepper hair!
This week, I taught a nutrition class to a group of preschoolers through a program in Lexington, MA called Kids Cooking Green. Since Halloween is just a few days away and I knew the kids were super excited about dressing up (and eating candy), I searched Pinterest for some fun and healthy Halloween ideas and came up with this make-your-own vegetable skeleton activity.
For your DIY vegetable skeleton, here’s what you’ll need:
1. A small glass bowl filled with your favorite dip. (Read on for our Greek- yogurt-based Rainbow Vegetable Dip recipe.)
2. Sliced olives for the eyes and baby spinach or kale leaves for the hair.
3. Sliced cucumbers or zucchini for the spine and sliced bell peppers for the ribs.
4. Carrot and celery sticks for the arms and legs; also, edamame and sliced bell peppers.
5. Sliced mushrooms for the pelvis.
6. Halved grape or cherry tomatoes for the feet.
7. Cooked bowtie pasta for the bowtie!
8. Patience, good humor, and a fun attitude! 😉
“Hmmm. Let me think about this. What should I eat next? A cucumber or a carrot?”
Rainbow Vegetable Dip
Makes 6 Servings
This dip will serve more than six kids if you’re serving it to preschoolers. For this activity I had nine kids in the class, and we had plenty to go around. Traditional dips are often made with sour cream and salty seasoning packets, and they have double the calories of this better-for-you dip, which is filled with natural flavors from fresh herbs.
- 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 4 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (plus more to taste)
- 2 teaspoons honey mustard
- Fresh, chopped and sliced vegetables of your choice
1. Place the yogurt, mayonnaise, dill, and honey mustard in a medium-size bowl and stir well to combine.
2. Let everyone at the table help themselves to the dip and a variety of colorful veggies.
Nutrition Information per Serving (about 3 tablespoons): 50 calories, 3g fat (0.5g saturated), 95mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 3g protein
Watch my YouTube video!
To start off the activity, I sat around with the kids and we talked about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Then I asked them, “if you had to dress up as a fruit or vegetable for Halloween, what would you be?” The kids then placed their “costume” on the felt board.
Of course, my answer was, “an avocado!!”
What would you be?
Hanging out with my Skeleton Crew…
Scary skeleton faces.