What treats do you have in store for your ghosts and goblins? How about offering some treats on the healthier side? Halloween treats are often high in fat, sugar and sodium. This year, consider treats that contribute to the healthy lifestyle that many of us are striving for.
When it comes to Halloween treats, we tend to look for something quick, easy and packaged; lots of fruits and vegetables fit the bill. South Dakota has the lowest consumption of vegetables among the 50 states, and does not do much better with fruit consumption. Maybe a fruit or vegetable treat would be a good treat for the ghost or goblin in your community!
Healthy Treat Ideas
Simple ideas for fruit might be whole bananas, cuties, apples, kiwi, baby carrots or single serving bottles of 100% juices. These options provide the ghosts and goblins visiting your doorstep something they can munch on in their travels and are an easy clean up. An added bonus: if you have any leftovers, it’s a quick and healthy snack for you and your family!
There is a wide variety of tasty, dried fruits, which are packaged for easy toting. Some considerations might include dried apricots, craisins (dried cranberries), pineapple, raisins, apple slices, kiwi, strawberries and banana chips. You can find packaged mixed fruit combinations at many local stores.
Beyond fruit snacks, other ideas that make great treats and contribute to an overall healthy diet include nuts, such as almonds, cashews, peanuts and walnuts; lots of these come in individual packaging. Though nuts are a concentrated source of calories, they are a good source of protein as well as Vitamin E. Consider combining both dried fruits and nuts, and hand-out individually packaged trail-mixes!
- Granola Bars/Mixes (can contain a high amount of sugar, check nutrition labels)
- String Cheese
- Honey Sticks
- Boxed Coconut Water
- Beef or Turkey Jerky
- Single-serve packets of low-fat microwave popcorn
- Apple cider packets
If you choose candy for treats, look for those that are lower in fat and sugar, choose bite-size candy bars, and consider healthier dark chocolate versions. If you are looking beyond providing food treats, consider ideas that encourage active learning or physical activity. Items may include small packages of crayons, colored pencils, whistles, funny glasses, glow sticks, balls, word match games, jump rope or other such items which can often be found at dollar or discount stores.