To balance out the Halloween festivities, we like to prepare a savory snack to start off with, like this Guac-enstein dip, which is a guacamole platter decorated like Frankenstein. Giving kids something healthy that isn’t sweet at the start of the evening on Halloween (or at a Halloween party) will take the edge off their hunger and prevent them from overdoing it with sweets. Also, if and when they do have candy, it will not be on an empty stomach. This will lower the overall glycemic effect of the sweets, meaning that they will not raise their blood sugar as much and will be less likely to cause a dramatic sugar high.
This recipe also doubles as a fun Halloween-themed activity you can do with your kids. To start, prepare a batch of guacamole following our recipe below or using your own family recipe. Or you can buy pre-made guacamole to save time.
Shape it on a platter in the form of Frankenstein’s head.
Clean up the edges of the platter with a paper towel and then decorate his face with vegetables and other healthy items. There are so many options for decorations, but for some ideas, here is a list of what we used:
Hair: blue corn chips
Eyebrows: pretzel sticks
Scar: cut nori (seaweed)
Blood drops: pomegranate seeds
Eyes: radishes rounds with sliced olives for pupils
Lips: red peppers
Teeth: radish triangles
Bolts: Celery sticks
Then let the spooky snacking begin!
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Guacamole Base Recipe
–4 large avocados
–-1-2 cloves garlic, mashed/finely chopped, optional
–Juice of 1 lime
–Sea salt, to taste
–1 Roma tomato (or other small tomato)
–Large handful of cilantro, chopped
–½ jalapeno, minced, optional
–Halve the avocados, remove the pits, and scoop them out into a medium mixing bowl.
–Mash the garlic in a mortar and pestle or chop it finely and add it to the avocados.
–Add the juice of the lime and some sea salt to taste.
–Mash the mixture well until there are no large chunks of avocado.
–Add the chopped tomato, cilantro, and jalapeño (if using).
–Gently mash or stir a little more.
–Taste and add more salt if needed.