9 Healthier Halloween Treats

What may scare parents more than anything on Halloween is having their kids gorge on sugar and high fructose corn syrup. While it may not be possible to avoid the sugar high entirely, there are plenty of other options for healthy (or at least, healthier) treats on Halloween.

Here are a few more ideas:

Oranges carved into Jack-o-Lanterns

Oranges by themselves will never disappoint. But to be more creative, do as Nikki does and make some Snack-o-Lantern Fruit Cups.

Nuts

This might be a fantastic idea, unless some kid has a nut allergy. Nuts pack on the nutrition. They are loaded with healthy fats, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Plus, they’re tasty raw and have little or no additives or preservatives.

Pumpkin seeds

Some toasted pumpkin seeds with some sea salt? Delicious. Plus, pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium, copper, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber. Also, pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.” Go here to see a recipe on toasting pumpkin seeds.

Granola and cereal bars

Just make sure you’re not buying store-bought granola bars with high fructose corn syrup. Some healthier brands include Clif, Odwalla, Kashi and Luna, which are made without excess sugars and starch derivatives like high-fructose corn syrup. Also, granola is easy and delicious to make at home. You can add things like organic oats, chia seeds, almonds, flax seeds, raw honey and coconut oil. Here’s one recipe http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/coconut-almond-granola

Carrots

Carrots in factory-sealed snack packs make for fresh and healthy Halloween treats. A 2-ounce portion of carrots provides 8 percent of the fiber and 220 percent of the recommended daily serving of vitamin A.

Peanut Butter Pumpkins

With peanut butter, raw honey, rolled oats, ground flax, and a couple squares of dark chocolate, this recipe can look and taste like a treat, but is packed with nutrition too. See the entire recipe at Mouth Watering Foods here.

String Cheese

String cheese is a low-calorie treat that’s high in protein and calcium. One stick contains about 80 calories and 20 percent of the daily recommended serving of calcium for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Popcorn

Make a batch of popcorn and put them in small paper bags. That’s it. The kids will get fiber instead of sugar.

Trail Mix

Raisins, almonds, peanuts, cashews, coconut, sunflower seeds: there are unlimited choices in a bag of trail mix with a wide variety of nutrition. Throw some dark chocolate chips in there to make sure the kids don’t think you’re robbing them of candy.

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