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Monday, 29 October 2012 23:41

Healthy Halloween Treat & Snack Ideas

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Halloween Healthy Treat

Is it possible to have healthy Halloween treats? Halloween and sweets go hand-in-hand, so they are allowed in our house more than normal around this time. However, I try to explain to the kids that candy and sweats are an “every now and then” food.  I have a major sweet tooth and I know that my kids do too around this season, so I don’t expect for candy and other treats to be banned in our home, but we do work on limiting the amount - for their appetite, nutrition and teeth. With your trick-or-treaters you can hand out healthier and fun treats that they will enjoy - and that their parents will appreciate!

Here are suggestions to help curb the sweet tooth overload this Halloween:

  • Consider handing out healthy snacks in mini boxes/packages of:
    • Animal crackers
    • Angie's Kettle Corn, which is gluten-free.
    • Baby carrots (BabyCarrots.com has packaged them as Scarrots)
    • Buddy Fruit Bites (My kids LOVE these!)
    • Apple slices
    • Goldfish crackers
    • Granola bars or cereal bars
    • Sugar-free hot cocoa
    • Pirate’s Booty
    • Pretzels
    • Raisins or yogurt covered raisins
    • Roasted pumpkin seeds
    • String cheese
    • Trail mix
    • Sugar free gum
  • Hand out non-edible treats, similar to what you may find in a goody bag.
    • Miniature toys like mini yo-yos tiny pinball games, bubble sets, jacks and ball sets, mini Rubik's cubes, bouncing eyeball balls, sidewalk chalk, inflatable mini balls, mini Uno games, any card games like Go Fish, slide puzzles.
    • Plastic jewelry with Halloween themed spooky characters like ghosts, black cats, spiders, skulls, pumpkins, etc.
    • Crazy accessories like pirate eye patches, vampire fangs, glow in the dark fingers, necklaces, silly bands, and temporary tattoos.
    • Halloween themed craft items or school supplies like pencils, sharpeners, erasers.
    • Stickers, small coloring books, slap bracelets
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    • Small containers of play dough or wikki stix.
    • Online stores like Oriental Trading Company and U.S. School Supply are great for finding these types of items at affordable prices. Don’t forget your local party supply store and dollar stores.
  • Pumpkin MuffinsDepending on when your kids will go out for trick-or-treating, make sure that they have a healthy snack or dinner before they head out to avoid having them fill up on sweets.  Some of my favorites snacks are pumpkin spiced muffins made with whole wheat flour.  I LOVE this recipe from lunchboxbunch.com - they are so good! Try orange or cantaloupe slices, cheddar cheese with whole grain crackers, carrots with ranch dip…add a little orange food coloring to the dip! I love the apple cuts out pictured above, but peanut butter or even better, yogurt, would be a much healthier treat, but I do love caramel! Simply cut about 5 granny smith apples into thin slices and use assorted mini cookie cutters to cut shapes into the apple slices, use both the cut outs and apple slices.  This yummy and easy to make treat comes from fancyflours.com.  Great sites for additional healthy ideas are ivillage.com and fitsugar.com.

Apple Bites Check out my other favorite apple treat (I love apples!)- all you need are granny smith apples and slivered almonds....this idea comes from familyfun.go.com.  My kids also love pumpkin cookies - check out our favorite recipe from Kristine Lopez here.

Finally, to lower the amount of candy in your house after Halloween, encourage your kids to participate in Halloween Candy Buy Back. This is such a great national program – it pays kids $1 per pound of sweets that are shipped to U.S. troops overseas.  It's also a good idea to store the candy out of sight, like in a kitchen cupboard that only you can reach.   Limit candy intake to one a day during a set time, for just a few days then get rid of the candy.

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