Halloween is almost here! While the tricksters, treaters, ghouls and goblins are preparing for their one night debut of fun and debauchery, you may be planning your shopping list to please your enthusiastic visitors. But, WAIT! You might consider putting a healthy spin on Halloween and holding off on including those high fat, high sugary, candy items. This year spice it up a bit by throwing in some healthy delights. Not only will the sweet, cute, little munchkins be satisfied and healthier, you could potentially gain some new friends or even better, become the neighborhood super star, as the parents will love you for it!
Try one or all of these healthy Halloween treats (psssssst, they are all delicious year-round, as well)
Why not have some fun with this delectable, healthy fruit. Try dark chocolate covered apples or peanut butter. Get a little creative too by sprinkling some Halloween festive sprinkles or drawing scary faces for design. The presentation is key and the kids will love it!
The snack that kids AND adults just love. As year round favorite for all, they wont be hard to find on your next shopping trip and are also a good low-price snack option. Try dipping them into something decadent if you choose.
Trail mix? With all of the various options of mixes to choose from, what more could you ask for in an easy and healthy Halloween snack?
You can try creating a delectable mix yourself, or can easily purchase an already prepared trail mix or dwell in the joy of creating your own. Try the trail mix recipe below, which is sure to delight the crowd!
1 cup of pretzel sticks or mini pretzel twists
1 cup of reduced-fat cheese crackers (such as Reduced Fat Cheese Nips)
1 cup lightly salted roasted or party peanuts (or similar nut)
1 cup orange or black dried fruit (raisins or dried apricots or dried peaches)
1/2 cup Halloween M&Ms (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl and toss to mix well.
- Use a 1/2 cup measure to scoop out 1/2 cup of the mixture into a zip-top or plastic bag. Tie the ends closed with orange and black curling ribbon or decorative wire.
Makes 9 (1/2 cup) bags
We know, we know, we’re supposed to be talking about healthy treats but during crunch time, when all else fails and you’re less then 1 hour away from your excited visitors, you find yourself left with no other option but candy! Even though they make you a hit with trick-or-treaters, instead of purchasing big bars, try the bite size options that are a third of the fat and calories needed for anyone. Healthy bite size options include:
3 Musketeers Minis (24 cal. Less than 1g fat)
Fun-size lemonheads (50 cal. 0g fat)
York Peppermint Pattie (140 cal., 2.5 g fat)
You can also opt for healthier versions of the standard candy bar. Many health food stores offer candy made from carob and other more healthy ingredients.
Have fun this holiday season and enjoy your visitors, they will appreciate the well thought out, and healthy treats you’ve given to them.