Halloween is only a week away and already parents across the country are dreading the bags of sugar laden candy that will soon be filling their homes. The good news is that there are some great treats that you can stock for the holiday that taste good and are good for you and your family. Here are just a few of the ways to keep your Halloween healthy this year.
It’s all about the presentation with this healthy go-to snack. Tie up your favorite brand of bars in orange string or use a little frosting to paint on a ghost or pumpkin and this filling and nutritious snack goes from boring to spooky. The fiber and whole grains will keep your trick or treaters from experiencing blood sugar crashes that can come from eating too many sugary snacks.
Ants on a log
Perfect for a home Halloween party, ants on a log are fun to make and good for you. Slice up some celery, spread lightly with peanut butter and add raisins for a classic crowd pleaser.
100 calorie snack bags
Looking for something to hand out to the neighborhood kids? Look no further than your local grocery store. From classic Keebler cookies to organic brands like Annie’s, there are hundreds of varieties of snacks now available in convenient 100 calorie packs. After all portion control is one of the easiest ways to keep Halloween healthy.
The traditional caramel coated apples on a stick may be a nutritional nightmare but simple variations can keep the flavor and lose a lot of the calories. If you plan on entertaining this Halloween, try dipping apple slices in just a little bit of dark chocolate and sprinkling with crushed almonds for a treat that is much easier to eat and much better for your diet.
Skip the candy, go for the toys
With so many houses serving up candy this Halloween, try something less traditional. Hit up your local discount store for inexpensive toys that can be passed out instead of something sweet.