Halloween is just around the corner…are you ready? I am not… The weather here has been so nice that I am forgetting it is October. I still need to make our daughter’s bat costume, buy Halloween candy for the trick or treaters (and maybe a little for us!) and get things together for the school party. Not too bad except that we less than two weeks until Halloween! Yikes! One thing I also want to make sure we do is to eat some healthy foods along with all the Halloween treats that will be around. I believe everything in moderation. A healthy balance is my thinking. So I like to add in smoothies to make sure we are eating well too. So when making this Purple People Eater smoothie, I mixed in a little Halloween fun.
Smoothies are a great way to get your servings of fruits and vegetables in for the day! I try to make a couple of different smoothies a week for my family. With Halloween coming up, I wanted to add a little fun to this smoothie so I just added some gummy worms to the smoothie. That made it look spooktacular!
This smoothie is very kid friendly as it uses fruits that most kids love…apples, bananas and blueberries. Did you know bananas with the brown spots are good for you? They might not look that appetizing but they really are good for you. Besides eating them I like to use the riper bananas when baking and also in my smoothies. So don’t throw them out…they are full of good nutrients!
Smoothies are so easy to make as well which makes it mom friendly too (if that is such a thing…I’m not sure) :o) It’s just two apples, two bananas and some blueberries thrown in your blender. Adding in just a little bit of water so it doesn’t get too watered down and that’s it. Sometimes we like to add a little granola to our smoothies for a little crunch but that is up to you if you want to add that in.
Of course adding in the gummy worms gives it a great Halloween look. I think sometimes if food looks fun, kids are more likely to eat it.
When I first made this smoothie, it turned out to be a beautiful purple color. And right away I started thinking of that Halloween song, “Purple People Eater”. Have you ever heard that Halloween song? It really is a catchy song…one of those songs that you can’t get out of your head once you hear it. But it is a fun Halloween song! So that is where the name of this smoothie came from. Again, fun food makes it more fun to eat when it comes to kids. And with a catchy name like that, I am guessing your kids might be more interested in trying it out.
If you are looking for more Halloween treats to make, check out my Witch Hat Calzones. That has become a traditional recipe I make for my family on Halloween. If it is a dessert you are looking for, you might like my Peanut Butter Spider Cookies or the Halloween Dirt Cake. If you are short on time but still want to make a something special for Halloween, I would suggest the Halloween Dirt Cake. You can whip that up pretty quick and it is always a hit with the kids.
Well, I better get going to make the bat costume I mentioned! Have a great day!
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- 2 medium to large apples
- 2 bananas
- 1 ½ - 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 2/3 cup water
- Gummy worms
- Granola, optional
- Slice up the apples into medium sized pieces and place in your blender. Add in the bananas, blueberries and water.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into individual cups.
- Add in the gummy worms.
- Sprinkle some granola over the smoothie, optional.
- Recipe makes about four cups.