Kids, of all ages, parade around their schools, churches, at parties, and in neighborhoods this time of year in their home-made or store bought costumes seeking treats. Unfortunately, most of these treats are filled with sugar, GMO’s, artificial food coloring and other chemicals I can’t even pronounce, let alone decipher what it is. And if you work in the schools around this time of year, you get a first hand view of how sugar affects children when studying and learning need to happen.
One year, quite some time ago, I decided to give out things that could be used at school and I’m sure I was not at the “I gotta go back and get some more of these”, houses. Yet I look forward to seeing all the different costumes and costume ideas and I committed to making it a healthier treat, and did so with about the same amount of money I’d been spending in previous years.
With childhood obesity increasing at an alarming rate, I wondered if there were other people with these same thoughts, so I did a Google Search and found a few sites, many with lists of ideas that I can share with you here, just in case you’re like me and would rather pass out healthier substitutes that you can feel good about. Like this one from Clemson Cooperative Extension:
snack packets of dried fruit, baked pretzels, nut and seeds (e.g. peanuts*, unsalted almonds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds)
packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut* butter filling
gold fish crackers
100 calorie packs of various products
beef or turkey jerky
single serve boxes of ready-to-eat cereal
raisins and chocolate covered raisins
sugar-free gum or hard candy
gummy candies made with real juice
mini boxes of raisins
individual juice drinks (100% juice)
snack pack pudding
Jello with fruit
single-serve packets of low-fat microwave popcorn
sugar-free hot chocolate or apple cider packets
**Be careful of peanut allergy items
And their second, Non-food treats:
small toys and pocket-sized games
costume jewelry (plastic rings, necklaces and bracelets)
funny Halloween glasses
miniature magnifying glasses
tiny decks of cards
small stuffed animals
pencil toppers and fancy erasers
stickers, including reflective safety stickers
rub-on or stick-on temporary tattoos
pages from coloring books
children’s magazines or comic books
bottles of bubbles
coins (pennies, nickels, dimes)
coupons from a yogurt store or juice bar
There were many others, so I’ll just add a few more here and you can do a search for ‘Healthy Halloween Treats’ if you’d like more information.
From The Jenny Evolution comes the “50+ Candy Alternatives”; SymptomFind.com – !0 Healthy Halloween Treats For Trick-Or_Treaters, and one more, lehighvalley.com brings us: “Healthier options for Halloween treats and trick-or-treaters”.
So you can see, with a little creativity and about the same amount, you too can find and treat your kids, kids friends and other creators or partygoers to a healthier alternative to Halloween Treats.
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