With Halloween just hours away, we wanted to talk a little bit about how important it is to feed your little monsters and angels a nutritious meal before they head out trick-or-treating. We know that kids will come home with pillowcases and buckets full of candy, ready to separate them into categories and eat them all up! But before they do that, we want to feed them some good eats before their treats.
When we think of fall, we think of cozy, warm food. These recipes will warm up you and your kiddos before you head outdoors. They’ll also leave your little ones feeling satisfied, so that they’re not snacking on candy while they’re walking door to door.
This chili from Chew Out Loud is made in the slow cooker, so you can prepare everything in the morning. You won’t have to worry about cooking while you’re putting on your children’s wigs or applying vampire teeth. Once your stomachs start to rumble, just ladle it out of the slow cooker and you’re all set!
Sloppy joes are also a wonderful comfort meal before heading out. These healthy sloppy joes from Wine and Glue are packed with flavor and easy to make. If you want a fun twist on sloppy joes, be sure to stuff a sweet potato with the sloppy filling like Paleo Newbie does.
If you’re in a time crunch and you have leftover chicken in your fridge, this chicken stir fry is the perfect dish. It combines leftover chicken and loads of veggies to create a delectable, hearty meal!
Another time-friendly food is the quesadilla. Quesadillas are fast, and you can stuff them with vegetables! Depending on what your children like, try these caprese quesadillas from I Don’t Go to the Gym, or these black bean and corn quesadillas from Babble.
And here’s one of our top picks: simple and timeless toasted cheese served with warm tomato soup. You can choose the type of bread (I love seeded breads from Whole Foods) and cheese your family likes and tailor the recipe to them. In a time-crunch and can’t make the soup from scratch? Try either Trader Joe’s or Pacific low-sodium soups (a lot of brands of tomato soup are sodium heavy!).
We know holidays are fun, and we want them to be! But we also know our little ones are continuously growing and need constant nutrition, especially with candy rolling in. And as moms, we want to make sure that the candy they’re bringing home is safe to eat. Don’t be afraid to put restrictions on some types of candies—they have plenty of candy to eat, we never want to take any chances. Happy Halloweening! We wish you a day of fun family time and great trick-or-treating!