Healthy Hallowe’en

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GIVE your family Hallowe’en food that’s a treat, not a trick, when it comes to health.

The charity Heart Research UK have come up with some spooky party food ideas that are good for kids:

Ghoulish stew: Mix spaghetti or noodles with tinned tomatoes, garlic, red onions, kidney beans and diced cooked pumpkin and butternut, sprinkle with a little parmesan and serve in hollowed-out mini pumpkins.

Witches’ fingers: Cut chicken breasts into long strips, smother in spicy fajita sauce, grill and dip into tomato ketchup or salsa for dripping fingernails.

Crow’s feet: Cut baked potatoes and sweet potatoes lengthways (in their skins), split into three claws and serve them ‘holding’ a chicken drumstick on a mess of sweetcorn and low salt baked beans.

Bat droppings: Swap sweets for dried fruit, unsalted nuts and pumpkin seeds to give your little monsters a boost of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Vampire smoothies: Blend antioxidant-rich blueberries, raspberries and strawberries with banana and orange juice.

Make a Hallowe’en pumpkin lantern – see Family Matters with Julia Armstrong in The Star on Thursday.