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October 16, 2012 at 6:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

13 Healthy(er) Halloween Treat Ideas

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Trick-Or-Treat

These three simple words represent a code among children everywhere to earn a basket full of goodies this Halloween. Across the country, children will be filling their bags with suckers, chocolate bars, cookies, gummies, and more. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, as some houses will be offering stickers, pencils, or pennies, as alternatives to such sugary delights. By providing the kiddos with non-food rewards for their treat-seeking efforts, we can remind them that sugar is not the only fun reward out there.  

While I think it is great that so many households and classrooms are choosing to offer non-food alternatives to the witches and goblins requests for treats, we will continue to dish out sweeter options at the Corwin abode. As I have mentioned before, Halloween is a holiday, one meant to be enjoyed even if it is centered around candy. Rather than setting our home up to be egged, I prefer to pass out the best of the worst. Much like the famous "Eat This, Not That" campaign, I do my best to offer a selection of sweet treats that provide at least a hint of nutrition and hopefully fewer questionable preservatives to boot. Typically this means offering fruit, nuts, organic ingredients, or dark chocolate – all in reasonable portion sizes of course.

While I am only planning to offer a few choices to our ghoulish guests, below is a more extensive list of options for you to consider:

  1. Bite size dark chocolate bars
  2. Dark chocolate peanut butter cups 
  3. Individual packets of chocolate nut butter 
  4. Fruit and vegetable leathers 
  5. Chocolate covered raisins
  6. Whole grain cookies 
  7. Whole grain brownies 
  8. Cliff Bar Minis 
  9. Dark chocolate granola bars
  10. 100 calorie packs
  11. Extra Dessert Delights gum 
  12. Hot cocoa
  13. Individual trail mix packets

Would you be happy with these options, or do you have an even better alternative?

And as for all of that sugar, what treat are you most looking forward to this Halloween? Dark chocolate peanut butter cups for me, my absolute favorite, especially when placed within a s’more. Delish!

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