Healthy doesn't mean you have to just hand out carrots! But to save costs on unnecessary sugar highs and dental bills, let's stay away from the caramel and taffy this year and opt for more healthy options!
Being healthy doesn’t mean giving up all of the treats, here are some easy tips we wanted to pass on to you, for a more healthy halloween!
- Balance. Portion candy with other healthy alternatives such as: fruits, vegetables, crackers, pretzels, low-fat milk, granola bars.
- Eat Dinner. Remember to feed your child a well-balanced dinner prior to trick-or-treating. This will prevent candy from substituting dinner as well as prevent overeating of treats.
Sensible Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
- Granola Bars
- Teddy Grahams
- Fruit Leathers
- Kudos Fruit & Nut Bar
- 100% Juice Boxes
- Sugarless Gum Packs
- Frito-Lay Munchies Kid Mix
- Packs of cheese & crackers
- Chex Mix
- Chocolate-covered dried fruit
- Honey Maid Cinnamon Sticks
- Welch’s Fruit Snacks
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Animal Crackers
- Nutrition bars such as NutriPals or Luna
Don’t forget.... If you do decide to hand out candy on Halloween night, be sure to make more sensible choices:
- Opt for low-fat. Choose candy such as Peppermint Patties, Three Musketeers, and Twizzlers. These all have less fat and calories than their counterparts and still taste great.
- Size matters. Always offer fun-size or snack-size versions of candy to decrease the calories, fat and sugar content. Kids get a sugar fix without over-doing it.
- More isn’t always better. When handing out candy, don’t give out multiple pieces or handfuls. Give out one fun-size candy bar or treat and then hand out a healthier option, such as a mini box of raisins or a pack of sugarless gum or candy. (nationwidechildrens.org)
Even at Ontario Bakery, we understand that people want healthy sweets, so call and ask how we can customize your baked goods just for you! Happy Healthy Halloween!