5 healthy Halloween treatsIt is possible to treat yourself and your kids to a nutritious, delicious holiday
Halloween is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, and we all know what that means: sweet temptation lurking everywhere from your coworker's desk to the doctor's-office waiting room. And the trick's on you, because you can easily consume an extra 200-400 calories each day from chocolates or sugary candies alone. (The horror!)
But don't fret: Thanks to a recent surge in healthy snacks, it's possible to treat yourself and your kids to a nutritious, delicious holiday. Instead of ghoulish gobstoppers and spooky "fun-size" candies, fill your bags and bowls with my top 5 picks for better-for-you goodies:
Trying to steer your kids away from sugary snacks? Hop on board with Pirate's Booty (Piratebrands.com), a baked, all-natural treat with zero grams of sugar that kids love and parents can feel good about adding to the Halloween bowl. The cheesy corn puffs are also gluten-, peanut-, and tree-nut free, so they're safe for trick-or-treaters or classmates with these common food allergies. An added bonus: the Pirate is already dressed for the occasion. Limited-edition Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar Halloween packs are available at Target stores nationwide.
Instead of filling your trick-or-treat bag with mysterious artificial ingredients you've never heard of, opt for the natural goodness of KIND minis. KIND (kindsnacks.com) bars are made from nutritionally-rich whole nuts and fruit, so they won't lead to the notorious sugar crash you get from the processed junk.
Happy Squeeze TREAT Caramel Apple
These portable pouches are a great way to enjoy the festive flavor combo of caramel and apples without the 250 calories you'd find in a typical candy apple. Each serving of Happy Squeeze (happyfamilybrands.com) contains just 100 calories of real fruit and fruit juice, so you can indulge guilt-free - and no sticky hands, either!
This planet-friendly brand's fruit snacks and gummy bears are the perfect alternative to their conventional counterparts. They're sweetened with real fruit juice -- no high-fructose corn syrup -- and each pack provides 100 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C. Plus, with fewer than 70 calories per serving, you can let your kids enjoy YumEarth's (yummyearth.com) fruity treats all year long.
This "guilt-free Scandinavian treat" comes in 3 flavors that'll satisfy any sweet tooth -- dark chocolate mint, coconut cream, and brownie -- and with only 4-7 raw ingredients, you won't be haunted by artificial sugars or sweeteners. Delights (kurfood.com) are also vegan-certified, organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO -- no tricks with this treat! And feel free to dig back in your bag for seconds: the bite-sized, individually wrapped portions will set you back only 65 calories.
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