Halloween is just around the corner, and when you’re looking for treats for the kids don’t go the zombie route. If you emphasize healthy eating for the rest of the year, you should be helping kids stay on track even during the holidays. It can be really hard, especially with the emphasis that is placed on trick-or-treating, to ease kids towards something healthier. You may want to forgo trick-or-treating altogether, and put together a Halloween party where you can exercise better control over what they’re eating. However, there are five ways to cut back on the sugar, but keep the flavor and the fun.
- The apples remain one of the all-time favorite holiday treats, and candy apples will top the list. While they have some sugar, the heart of the snack is a healthy, delicious apple full of fiber. There are lots of different ways to do your candy apples; drizzled with chocolate, covered in a cinnamon candy glaze, or dipped in caramel and chocolate.
- The focus is on packaged candy and treats, there are different manufacturers that can help you do trick-or-treat and not compromise on nutrition. Annie’s is a national brand of organic treats that kids will love, such as Cheddar Bunnies, Bunny Grahams, granola bars, and other healthy treats.
- Plum Organics offers its line of Mash Ups, which are fruity and delicious mashed fruit snacks in little pouches. They don’t need refrigeration, and come in lots of different flavors. Yogurt tubes are also a great snack on the go, but make sure to read the list of ingredients and count the sugar carbs.
- When next shopping at the grocery store, check out the produce aisle to find packaged fruit or vegetables and dips. These are generally for the lunchbox crowd, but there’s no reason not to hand them out on Halloween, apples with caramel dip or celery with peanut butter are well-known treats to every kid.
- Sometimes the best treat is a small bottle of water, chocolate milk, or even an organic juice box. Trick-or-treating is thirsty work for kids and for parents, so many will welcome the chance to rehydrate in order to continue their doorbell ringing.And you can still have a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween.
But the best way to make Halloween healthy, and avoid the hazards of sugar or food allergies, is to take part in the Teal Pumpkin Campaign. The nonprofit FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) notes that nuts, eggs, soy, wheat, milk, and nuts can be deadly to one in 13 children with food allergies, as well as those with diabetes or celiac disease. Even traces of an allergen can trigger an anaphylactic reaction in the sensitive, such as a chocolate bar that does not contain nuts but was manufactured ability where those are handled. Setting out a teal painted pumpkin lets other parents know that you are participating in the program, and offering treats such as temporary tattoos, stickers, glow sticks, or bubbles. Run down to the dollar store and go wild!
And you can still have a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween.