Trick or Treat: Healthy Halloween Ideas that Kids and Parents Will Love!

healthy halloween treats and habits for kids

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky, especially with the childhood obesity rate continuing to rise (did you know that the average American kid will accumulate 3500-7000 calories worth of candy in 1 night!). Watching your child collect and eat as many sugary treats as they can on a trick-or-treat adventure can be truly terrifying. But some may argue that this only happens once a year, so let kids be kids and allow them to create fun childhood memories.

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Poke: Making the Latest Food Trend Kid Friendly

kid friendly poke bowls by the meal monsters

By now, you must have heard about poke (if not already tried it), but what you may not have considered is that it’s a really good meal option for your children. Well firstly, it’s quick, easy and healthy, but secondly, it’s a great way to diversify your kids’ palates for a more varied diet.

Although poke has been around for centuries, it has recently gone through a bit of a revival period and has piggybacked onto the global success of sushi.

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Beat the Heat with these 9 Hydrating Meal Monsters Treats!

hydrating kids treats for summer

Kids are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their little bodies are not as efficient at cooling down. And experts warn that by the time kids are thirsty, they are already about 3% dehydrated.

As we all know, summer heat and humidity can be brutal, even in the shade. Therefore, our goal as parents is to ensure that each child is reaching their recommended daily fluid intake, but the amount of water kids require may surprise you; toddlers (ages 1-3 years) need about 4 cups of fluid per day, while older children should be drinking 5-7 cups (more if they are active)!

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Brownie Heaven with a New Meal Monsters Kid Approved Recipe

gluten-free sugar-free brownies for kids with butternut squash
Childhood obesity is on the rise and it’s no wonder with all the convenience foods on the market; packed with artificial ingredients, sugar, preservatives and other horrible additives, getting kids to eat healthy, “real” food is often an uphill battle. And that’s why mums need all the help they can get!
Chocolate brownies don’t exactly help with the issue but if you’re going to give your kids a treat, why not make it healthier, especially if you can’t taste the difference? To get this right, we deployed one of the Meal Monsters’ secret techniques: hiding to hide veggies and wholesome ingredients in favourite snacks!

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Monster Butterflies: Beat the Summer Boredom with this Fun Crafting Activity!

kids craft project to create monster butterflies

It’s a full-time job keeping kids entertained – all the more reason to download the Meal Monsters app – haha! But seriously, here’s the link if you would like it 🙂 And with the summer holidays rapidly approaching, many mums are wondering how they are going to prevent boredom without breaking the bank.

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A Brief History of the Chickpea and a Wonderful Recipe for an After-School Snack

Parmesan chickpea garbanzo bean after school kids snack

The chickpea is a fascinating little thing and I found myself suddenly intrigued by the name because it doesn’t really look like a chick!

Living in Dubai, chickpeas are a common thing – it is a core ingredient in Arab, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pakistani and Indian cuisine. Hummus is a popular daily dish that appears at dinner parties, kids parties, lunch boxes and basically everywhere else! It has even been recorded that 10% of all US households have hummus in their fridges.

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