Halloween is creeping upon us... mwahahahaha. Which means, midget robots, witches, ninjas and clowns will be knocking at your door for a trick or a treat.
If you aren’t graced by cuties in costumes for trick or treat night, maybe your students, your children or grandchildren will be engaging in ‘treating’ at school (or your staff at work for that matter).
If this is the case, I want you to have the opportunity to be prepared with healthy alternative Halloween treats to help you and your kids not eat endless amounts of junk this Halloween.
Why is this even important? Shouldn’t kids be able to eat candy for Halloween?
Yes, kids should be able to have treats for special occasions. The problem is your child may eat pounds of candy for Halloween, then Thanksgiving comes, then Christmas, New Years and then Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Not to mention all the birthdays in between AND the daily servings of refined foods, meat and dairy you and your child are most likely eating and all of this adds up!
Ridding yourself and your kid's dietary pattern of these foods are a must if you want them to be lean and healthy adults. It's never too late to start.
And psst… you don't have to not let your kid trick-or-treat or have any Halloween candy, but set boundaries to how much they can eat (a few pieces on Halloween night) and explain to them why you can't eat 5 pounds of candy in one month.
Likewise, kids are more likely to remember the experience of trick-or-treating at your house than the actually candy you give them. Light the driveway with candles or scare them from the bushes… that will make the below 'treats' more enjoyable for kids.
So, here they are….
15 Halloween Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
- Mini boxes of raisins (I've done this in the past and parents have appreciated it)
- Cups of unsweetened applesauce
- Baggies of dried fruit
- Peanuts in their shells
- Small packs of pistachios
- Granola bars
- Lar bars (like a granola bar, but made only of dried fruit and nuts and pricey)
- Clementines (draw spooky faces on their skin with a permeant marker. They look like mini pumpkins!)
- Bananas (glue on googly eyes to make it a funny face)
- Packets of popcorn without oil or butter they can pop at home
- Fruit leathers (I use to get these for Easter as a little girl and loved them)
- Pencils with a Halloween theme
- Erasers that look like bats or ghosts
- Stickers (what kid wouldn't love these!)
Or, you can always just trick them!
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Which healthy Halloween 'treat' would you serve? Have another idea?
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