Healthy Alternatives For Trick-Or-Treating
In our modern society, sugar consumption is one of the leading causes of many diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes later in life. And with Halloween fast approaching, sugar consumption by children is bound to skyrocket. However, you can do your part to curb this sugar craze by replacing standard Halloween candies with more wholesome and healthy treats.
The tradition of going door-to-door asking for treats was originally brought to America by the Irish and has evolved considerably from what it used to be to what we know now. Back in those days, Halloween treats received were not just candy, but coins, fruits, nuts and even toys. While kids may prefer candy, it’s more important that they begin to learn the importance of healthy eating habits. And the best part is, healthy snacks can still be delicious! Note: all healthy treats are pre-packaged to avoid tampering and keep trick-or-treaters safe.
Dried fruit is nature’s version of candy! There’s a wide variety of dried fruit snacks that are Non-GMO, no sugar added and even Kosher certified like Planty Dried Fruit Snacks. Visit your local supermarket or health food store and pick out a range of flavors for trick-or-treaters to choose from. The best brands of dried fruit is organic, contains no added sugar and is high in iron, antioxidants and fiber.
Another healthy alternative to candy is trail mix. Many trail mix brands come in small individual packets, perfect for trick-or-treaters. The nuts in trail mix can be a healthy addition to a child’s diet, as they contain healthy fats, fiber and protein. Some brands contain small pieces of chocolate that will curb their appetite for candy without going overboard.
While it still contains high calories and sugar and should be eaten in moderation, honey sticks are a much healthier alternative to other candies with high-fructose corn syrup and unhealthier forms of sugar. Honey sticks can come in all types of flavors, with some of the more popular being lemon, cinnamon and orange.
Assuming you don’t choose a brand with lots of added sugar, granola bars are loved by most children and can be a healthy way to get your daily value of fiber. Avoid brands that are coated in chocolate, peanut butter and almond butter as all three of these usually contain very high amounts of unhealthy sugar.
Who said all treats had to be edible and filled with sugar? Halloween began with toys as a featured treat in its original Irish lore but you’ll quickly find that kids still love them even today! Large quantities of Halloween themed toys can easily be purchased on Amazon. However, try to avoid giving out toys that may present choking hazards for younger kids.