Healthy Beginnings

Kids Corner | October 2012

Happy Halloween! I hope that all of you are having a fantastic school year so far! Halloween is a great holiday; it was actually called Hallow’s Eve back in the day, when not even your great, great, great-grandmother or grandfather were alive. Hallow’s Eve was viewed as a day to celebrate the dead; most people would attend church to pray for the dead and then return home and feast with family and close friends. It is only now that it is a fun holiday with trick-or-treating and costumes.

Today, people even play games during Halloween parties, like bobbing for apples. They used to play games during Hallow’s Eve as well. One game had to do with unmarried women. It was said that if an unmarried woman sat in a dark room in front of a mirror on Halloween night that her future husband would appear before her in the mirror, but if she was destined to die before marriage, a skull would appear before her. Creepy right?

Christians used to believe that Hallow’s Eve was a day for the dead and only the dead. It was not joyous. They believed that the dead who still walked the earth, waiting to go to heaven, would have to wait until All Saints Day; Hallow’s Eve was a chance for the dead still walking the earth to get vengeance on their enemies. So, Christians would wear masks and costumes to hide their true identity. That eventually turned into children wearing funny costumes and trick-or-treating.

Here is a way to eat healthy while keeping the Halloween spirit. Here are some great recipes for your Halloween enjoyment!

Black Bean Cat

Assorted vegetables-The ones used in the picture above:

-Celery

-Cherry tomatoes

-Baby carrots

-Broccoli

-Cucumbers

-Mushrooms

-Fresh green beans

-Zucchini

The face is a bowl of any black bean dip (or veggie dip).

Arrange the veggies as shown in the picture.

Mummies Invaded My Pizza

-English muffins

-Pizza sauce

-Black olives

-Scallions

-Red or Green pepper

Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for ten minutes