Want to dish out some healthier Halloween treats? Here are six smart ideas that the kiddos won’t egg your house over.
Give out a whole-grain snack that all kids adore. Make or buy small bags of air-popped popcorn that’s plain or lightly seasoned. If you really want to get creative, give out tiny sachets of popcorn kernels tied to paper bags for DIY microwave popcorn goodie bags.
Fruit Juice Gummies
Look for brands of gummy candy made without high-fructose corn syrup. Some are even made with a small amount of fruit juice. Don’t get too excited; these chewy treats still aren’t great for teeth and should be consumed in moderation. Check out brands like YumEarth Organics, Surf Sweets and Annie’s.
Make your own lollipops with 100 percent fruit juice. Here’s a quick and easy recipe.
Justin’s brand recently came out with single-serving packs of gluten-free pretzel sticks with chocolate hazelnut spread or almond butter for dipping. They also make a line of decadent organic peanut butter cups. Since these products are made with nuts, consider an alternative for trick-or-treaters with nut allergies.
For a more traditional option, give out bite-sized pieces of dark chocolate; they are often smaller and lower in sugar than typical Halloween-sized candy bars. Dove Promises come individually wrapped and portion controlled, with fewer than 45 calories per piece.
Skip Food Altogether
Kid favorites like stickers, cookie cutters and temporary tattoos are always popular, and any leftovers will keep well for next year. Consider replacing some or all of the edible items with these types of treats.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.