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Finger Foods

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Looking for some not so tricky Halloween treats? These freshly made “finger foods” won’t cut it for the little ghouls and goblins that come to your door, but they’re super easy, fun (and nutritious) options you can take to work tomorrow, or enjoy at home while you watch a scary movie marathon!

Frightening Fingers
5 slices 100% whole grain bread (I used multigrain – the seeds look like warts!)
5 tsp 100% fruit raspberry jam
5 whole almonds
Cut off the crusts and flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin. Spread about a teaspoon of jam on each piece lengthwise (about a half inch in from the edge). Roll up the slices to resemble fingers. Make two sets of three indentations with a knife to form the finger joints. Stick an almond into each tip to form the nails (make sure the jam seeps out a little for effect!).

Scary Spiders
One half cup dark chocolate chips
One quarter cup raisins
2 Tbsp oats
One quarter cup mini pretzels
Melt chocolate. Stir in oats and raisins. Spoon in dollops onto wax paper. Break pretzels to create curved “legs.” Set legs into dollops (4 legs on each side). Transfer to the fridge. Spiders will harden when cool (you can pick them up by the legs and pop them in your mouth).

Did you know:
-Halloween is also celebrated in Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
-Anoka, Minnesota is the self-proclaimed Halloween Capital of the World
-The first Jack-O-Lanterns were turnips the Irish filled with coal or small candles
-Halloween is the second most popular holiday in the U.S. after Christmas
-Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926 at the age of 52. His last performance was one week earlier in Detroit, Michigan
-A men’s magazine recently polled readers for the scariest movie ever made – The Exorcist ranked #1 followed by Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, Halloween (the original) then Jaws
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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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