Trick-or-... Juicy Juice? Healthy Halloween Treat Options
Sugar seeking witches & goblins will soon be knocking on your door, haunting your doorstep with a ghoulish, Trick-or-Treat! Rather than adding to their sugar buzz with nutrient-poor candy, consider switching things up this Halloween and offer your visitors a healthier prize. This way you will be chopping two carrots with one knife - helping to create a more nutritious child and reducing the anxiety of their parents. It is a win-win situation! (For those of you who are a bit hesitant, please stay tuned to the next blog!)
Here are a few tricks and treats that are sure to satisfy the spookiest of visitors:
- Fruit. It has already been pre-packaged by Mother Nature herself.
- Individually packaged peanuts or trail mix (be careful of the youngest trick-or-treaters as choking hazards must be considered)
- Box of raisins or dried cranberries (ditto with the choking hazard)
- Hot cocoa packet
- Fruit leather
- 100% Juice Box
- Snack-size popcorn bags
- Small book
- Snack size pretzels
- Glow-in-the-dark bracelet
- Mini Rice Krispie Treats
- Fruit snacks made with real fruit juice
- Sugarless gum
- Packaged peanut butter or cheese sandwich crackers
- Mini cereal boxes (Frosted Mini-Wheats are easy for little fingers to grab and enjoy!)
- Granola bars (Clif Kidz)
- 100 Calorie snacks
- Animal crackers
If you’re worried that offering a healthy treat will result in a lovely yard full of toilet paper come morning, I have just the trick. You can encourage nutritious options, while still ensuring your feisty visitors are kept happy by offering a combination of both healthy and candy options. You may be surprised at the number of visitors who opt for a nutrient packed treat!
Finally, even if you are offering candy there are certainly options which are healthier than others. Substitute dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, as dark comes with a boost of antioxidants - Mounds anyone? And, of course, those snacks containing fruit (Raisinets) or nuts (chocolate covered of course!) offer a touch of nutrition to help justify the sugary indulgence. Portion control is also a major factor: rather than offering a king-size candy bar, opt for the bite-size version. You will not only save a child from sugar overload, but you'll also save some of your hard-earned money.
Hope you enjoyed these tasty substitutions!
What do you offer your trick-or-treaters?