Halloween is a holiday of sweets and treats. Sometimes, you need a healthy Halloween snack for the kids that doesn’t involve chocolate, processed ingredients, or high calories. That’s where this Halloween smoothie recipe comes in. Halloween recipes that double as a fun and cute healthy snack is almost as much of a hit with kids as the sugary candy is. We make a lot of smoothie recipes, so my kids are used to the blender chopping up foods into smoothies, so it was not difficult to think of this smoothie recipe for kids to enjoy! Skip the sweets and serve up fruits and veggies with this fun Halloween green smoothie recipe.
Halloween Smoothie Recipe
So, we are a big smoothie family over here. We love smoothie recipes made with a variety of fruits and veggies. This Halloween smoothie was a spur of the moment idea though. We started by making a Frankenstein craft with a simple glass. (Affiliate links are being included in this post.) The materials you’ll need for your Frankenstein craft include:
Tall drinking glass
(If you are worried about using a glass cup with your child, you can make these with clear plastic cups, too.
Peel and Stick Googly Eyes
Cut a strip of black cardstock and cut a jagged line along one edge. Tape this onto the top of the glass or cup. Stick the sticky back googly eyes onto the face of the Frankenstein. Cut small rectangles of the green Cardstock and tape them at the ear. Bend the cardstock so the rectangles stick out. Cut a jagged mouth and tape it into place. It’s that easy! This would be such a fun craft for kids to make at a Halloween party.
Green Monster Drink
Smoothies for Kids
What are some other ways you could make a Halloween smoothie with a little creativity?
Use a glass cup and draw a face on the outside of the cup using a dry erase marker.
Make a purple monster drink using berries to make a monster smoothie for Halloween breakfast.
Make a mango and strawberry smoothie and make it into a pumpkin for a smoothie recipe kids will love.
Sensory Benefits of Smoothies
Ok…This Frankenstein green smoothie has been on The OT Toolbox for yeeeaarsss and I totally forgot about it!
Actually, drinking a smoothie has a lot of sensory benefits. The oral motor skills required to drink a smoothie through a straw offers heavy, proprioceptive input and feedback. “Sucking is also a calming and organizing activity which requires closing the lips, lip strength and the ability to hold the jaw in a stable position” (Yack, Aquilla and Sutton, 2015). WHen kids need a calm down moment or a chance to chill after a day at school, a smoothie can make all the difference.
Check out some other Halloween occupational therapy activities that can be incorporated into this time of year while boosting skills and areas kids nee.
How fun for a group activity…talk about the calming effects of sipping a smoothing through a straw, self-regulation, and coping strategies like the heavy “work” that a smoothie offers! This would be GREAT “homework” for kiddos to do with the family. You could totally do a purple monster spin on this recipe and go for berries ? instead of the leafy greens ? that we used to make this one. ✌?
Halloween Foods for Kids
Tell me…Have you made a Halloween smoothie for a Halloween breakfast?
Yack, E., Aquilla, P. and Sutton, S. (2015) Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration (Third Edition).