4 Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy That Your Kids Will Love

By Dezmond D. Nation

Halloween is a celebrated holiday that over the years has become synonymous with tasty, sugary treats. Halloween serves as the perfect time for the kiddos to express their creativity with costumes to impress neighbors with the hopes of receiving a copious amount of their favorite treats as a reward. Although delicious, such treats can impose health concerns due to their nutritional content. This is why it is essential for parents to monitor their children’s goodie bags. If you are a parent who wants to limit your child’s consumption of sugary treats this upcoming holiday, free to try out these tasty and creative recommendations that will be an instant success with the kiddos!

  1. Citrus Fruits

It is popularly known that citrus fruits contain a high amount of vitamin C. But these fruits also offer further valuable nutrition for the children such as: vitamin B, calcium, potassium, riboflavin and the list goes on! Already an instant favorite amongst children, here’s how parents can add a spooky twist to the fruits. As a child, my mother would make me and my friends pumpkin oranges. My mom would peel oranges completely and once peeled, the oranges strongly resembled a pumpkin. You’re now probably wondering, “Well what about the stem?” Stems can easily be constructed by using celery. If you make a good amount of the pumpkin oranges, you can essentially create a mini pumpkin patch!

  1. Snack Size/Mini Candy

If you want to limit your child’s consumption of treats that contain high amounts of calories, sugar and fat, snack-size is the way to go! The serving size per snack-size candy is substantially smaller than their average-size counterparts. Two of my favorite Halloween treats as a kid were Twizzlers™ and Peanut M&Ms™. In their snack size form, both treats contain less than 100 calories. In addition, Twizzlers™ have “0 grams of fat” while the Peanut M&Ms™ have “4.7 grams of fat and 9.1 grams of sugar,” according to 20 Healthier Halloween Candy Choices by Kelly Fitzpatrick. Furthermore, snacks such as: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups™, 3 Musketeers™, Kit Kat™, Almond Joy™, Air Heads™, and other candies all contain fewer than 100 calories in one snack size serving. Nutrition facts can also be found on each of the candy’s websites.

  1. YumEarth™ Snacks

YumEarth™ is an organic candy company that promotes healthy candy consumption. In addition, the company specializes in serving candy specifically catered to children with food allergies and sensitivities. For instance, if your child has a certain allergy, YumEarth™ has an array of tasty, conscious treats that are completely allergy free. I would suggest checking out their organic lollipops, gummy bears and their vegan fruit snacks which are all fan favorites of the brand. Their products can be found accessible at your local grocery store.

  1. Small toys

What kid doesn’t like toys? If you need a little assistance to persuade your child to consume smaller portions or fruits during the upcoming holiday, take a trip to the local toy store. Spooky themed toys such as: vampire fangs, spider rings and glow bracelets should do the trick and will add extra style to your child’s costume

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