Halloween Fruit Treats | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

halloween treatsDo you remember bringing treats to school for your birthday when you were a kid? I remember parents baking cookies, cupcakes, cakes and loads of other sweets. That’s not a memory that my kids will take with them as they grow up.

More and more schools are going to a healthy snack policy and saying no to homemade baked goods. Now, at the start of each school year, my kids come home with an approved list of snacks tailored to the allergies and restrictions of the kids in their classrooms. Usually this means that everything has to be store bought so that ingredients are clearly listed and brands can be checked for allergens. The only exception to this pre-approved list of packaged and branded snacks is fruit or veggies.

Have you seen this too? What do you think? Are our children missing out? According to our Golden Apple Award-winning preschool teacher this year, she’s seen a shift in the tastes of kids. Increasingly, she says, they seem to prefer the healthy snacks. The types of sugary baked goods we brought in for my birthday when I was little, she claims, go largely uneaten. Fruits, veggies, multigrain cereals and crackers, she says, are the things that get finished these days.

As a parent with food restrictions I think I’m okay with this new rule. I think my kids could live on fruit and veggies alone but I do find it limiting. How do you make an apple special without dipping it in caramel and covering it with nuts? How do you celebrate with a stick of celery lacking ants and the log?

This year at least I have a plan for Halloween. I already took the day off from my day job and told my kids teachers to expect me in the classroom. I’ll be bringing with me the fixin’s for the kids to make their own boo-nana’s, mini orange pumpkins and fruit cup jack-o-lanterns. It’s not the same as baking a special treat with my son at home to bring into school but this is hands-on for the classroom and healthy for everyone. No gluten, no nuts, no soy, no added sugar and still tons of fun and festive for the holiday. I’m betting this new generation of kids won’t even know what I think they are missing. They have no idea that there used to be another way to celebrate.

How does your school district handle snacks/treats? Do you appreciate this trend schools are showing to accommodate food allergies and restrictions? Do you have other healthy school snack ideas or other ways to make the approved snack list “special” for a birthday or holiday? Please share your ideas with us.

2 thoughts on “Halloween Fruit Treats | Triumph Dining Halloween Week”

  1. While I appreciate the restrictions on allergens to protect children I think the complete ban on unhealthy snack some schools have taken is going a bit too far. It’s a party, and a perfect opportunity for a treat which is what unhealthy snacks are for in the first place. I do understand people worrying over the obesity epidemic but banning unhealthy snacks from schools won’t make up for poor home practices.

    While I applaud more parents providing healthy options and am glad to hear more children are choosing them, taking the treats out of a party seems too over reaching to me. We only got two parties a year in school when I was young after all, that doesn’t seem like too much indulgence in school to me. Not to mention most kids didn’t bring in things for their birthdays so when one did it was a rare treat.

    Also not everyone can eat everything even without a diagnosed allergy or intolerance. As cute as that tray looks, both bananas and oranges give me a migraine. Would somebody please pass me a GF cookie?

  2. First of all, totally cute treats! I’m saving those photos for next Halloween. As far as treats in the classroom are concerned, I am all for either only allowing healthy snacks, or taking treats out of the classroom all together. My feeling is that we’re all doing more with less, and kids get plenty of attention at home for special occasions. However, if we continue to have classroom parties, why not make them so that everyone can participate! The opportunity for sharing and taking care of each other is great, and kids hate leaving anyone out. I’ve had so many times when my poor kids had to say no to a surprise snack that showed up unannounced. Everyone ends up feeling bad. I’m all for limited treats in the classroom! Thanks for posting!

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