Halloween will be here before you know it. If there’s one thing we associate with this spooky holiday, it’s candy. Pounds and pounds of the stuff are distributed to kids all across the country – and the vast majority of it isn’t healthy. Fortunately, more and more people are hopping on the healthy bandwagon with delicious snack alternatives.
Let’s take a look at some healthy options for you to give out this Halloween:
Healthy chips or cookies
The almighty potato chip is the king of snacks, but it’s not very healthy. There are better chip varieties out there, however. Try selecting potato chips that aren’t fried in oil or fat like regular potato chips. There are plenty of flavored versions that taste delicious without all the added fat. You can also find cookies that aren’t loaded up with sugar and sodium for a healthier treat option.
Raisins are a bit high in sugar, but they make for a healthy snack when eaten in moderation. Buy them in snack-pack size and you’re good to go! Raisins offer vitamins, minerals, potassium, iron and fiber, and they provide a good boost of energy. Try tossing a few small packs into your Halloween treat bowl for an added healthy snack.
Dried fruits are naturally sweet and come in convenient packages. Plus, they’re very healthy! Try including dried fruits like apples, bananas or apricots this Halloween – it’s a great alternative to sugary snacks.
Most people – even kids – like snacking on a handful of nuts. They’re packed with healthy fats and protein, so they make a great and tasty alternative to candy around Halloween. Choose healthy nuts like cashews, pistachios, almonds or peanuts, and try to avoid nuts that have a lot of added preservatives and flavoring, as well as added salt.
Just about everyone loves beef jerky. Find an organic, low-sugar and MSG-free jerky variety, and you have a delicious snack for trick-or-treat night. Healthier versions of jerky are more popular than ever, so why not include them in your Halloween treat bowl?
Include some of these great options in your treat rotation this holiday–– and you’ll be well on your way to having a fun and healthy Halloween!