Halloween is one of many times of year when we throw caution to the wind and indulge on loads of sweet treats and candy. From taffy and candy corn, to those root beer barrels only your Grandma likes; it’s a plethora of sugar, spice and everything terribly bad for you.
We try our best to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families all year long, so it is no surprise that you might be looking for a way to lighten the annual Halloween haul. But before you decide on ghost shaped rice cakes topped with yerba mate icing, remember that you may go down infamously in “disappointed child lore” and from here on out have a lonely Halloween night.
So here are some tricks and treats that help you keep the Halloween spirit without digging a nutritional grave.
1. Hand out individually-wrapped snacks. Granola bars, cheese sticks, raisins, pumpkin seeds, and crackers also can double as Halloween treats. Remember, when it comes to handing out edible, healthy alternatives to trick-or-treaters, be sure to choose foods that are individually wrapped.
2. Spooky honey popcorn balls – Honey popcorn balls, made with popcorn, honey, butter and salt, will definitely be a child pleaser.
3. Caramel Apples – These treats are fun for kids, while upping their daily intake of vitamin-packed fruit.
4. Sugar free gum – A much healthier alternative to sugar-laden treats and snacks, and easily purchased in convenient snack sizes.
5. Cheese and cracker snacks – These are already available in convenient snack packs, and can be added to any trick-or-treater’s goodie bag for a healthier choice than all that sugar. They’re also much cheaper to purchase in bulk, so stock up as needed!
As your partner in healthcare, Mountain View Hospital realizes that this can be a challenge, but with a little forethought and moderation, Halloween can remain good, scary, delicious fun for children and adults alike!