Favorite Picks for a Happy (and Healthy) Halloween

Healthy Halloween Ideas, Halloween

While we know candy is a part of Halloween, we also think that it doesn’t have to be the only part of Halloween. As a part of the balance mantra, we uncovered some of our favorite products and healthy treats to make for a healthy halloween celebration. Here is our guide so that you and your family can enjoy a Healthy Halloween:

Eat Wholesome Foods Before Trick or Treating: We suggest giving them fuel before the trick or treat, which can also make them full and not need to gorge on candy. For younger trick or treaters we love giving them fiber-rich whole grains (like Earth’s Best Yummy Tummy Instant Oatmeal for breakfast or Quinoa & Black Bean Mini Meal for dinner) that digest slowly and provide your child with a steady stream of energy.

Halloween Party Ideas: Are you hosting a Halloween party? You can still keep it healthy by serving easy finger food with Gardein’s Beefless Sliders, cutting half the calories of a traditional slider. Top them with a slice of pumpkin shaped cheddar cheese – the kids will love these! You can also create spooky eyeballs by inserting olives into Gardein’s Meatless Meatballs that you can serve with “bloody” marinara sauce. As for snacks, have your guests nosh on something sweet and spicy such as Chipotle Almond Kettle Corn, using NatureBox’s Chipotle Maple Almonds. We also like the idea to sneak in olives from What to Expect as well as their clever decor ideas.

You can also serve YoCrunch with their exciting full line of yogurts offers a variety of fun flavors combining the health benefits of traditional yogurts with the pleasure of decadent candy and cookie toppings, including Butterfingers, M&Ms, Nestle Crunch and Oreo to name a few. This is great for portion-controlled indulgence.

Another way to get a sweet but nutritious treat into the hands of little ghouls and goblins – is single serving cartons of shelf safe chocolate milk. Chocolate milk has all the protein, vitamins and nutrients as white milk…with only a little added sugar? Shelf safe milk is real Grade A milk, packaged in milk boxes that don’t need refrigeration until they are opened (like juice boxes).  Available in chocolate, vanilla and white chocolate, kids love it, and an 8 oz. carton provides 9 grams of protein and 15 other essential vitamins and minerals. Shelf safe milk for trick-or-treaters is just another way to encourage a nutritious snack, anytime, anywhere.

Non-Treats for Trick or Treaters: These days giving out non-food treats isn’t lame. Be the house that gives out fun toys like fake vampire teeth, glo sticks, stickers and even money.

Healthy Halloween Treats: For a healthier Halloween treat, we like ips chips in Cinnamon. ips All Natural harness the power of egg whites to create a delicious, Pressure Puffed chip, plus they’re all natural, gluten-free and made without GMO ingredients. ips also offer 7g of protein to fill little tummies up with nutrition instead of loads of candy. They are also great for children with gluten allergy and sensitivity.

We also like Welch’s Fruit Snacks, a fat free, gluten free and contain 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 25% of Vitamins A and E.  The individual pouches contain just 80 calories and will be available for the first time in special spooky packages perfect to add to any trick-or-treaters’ stash.

We also love Funky Monkey Snacks, a collection of freeze-dried treats that don’t contain artificial sugars. Some of our favorite flavors are the JiveALime, MangOJ and the Applemon. They also have cool Marvel Superhero packaging that would be fun for Halloween.

Another option is to swap sugar-laden candy treats for Pirate’s Booty, a deliciously baked, all-natural snack that kids love and moms can feel good about adding to the Halloween treat bowl! Pirate’s Booty has less fat and fewer calories than traditional Halloween candy and zero grams of sugar. Also, Pirate’s Booty is gluten, peanut and tree-nut free, so it’s safe for trick-or-treaters or classmates with these common food allergies. Pirate’s Booty is made without trans-fats and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Plus, the Pirate is already dressed for the occasion! This year, it will be easier than ever to pass out Pirate’s Booty, as Target and Super Target stores across the county will be offering special Halloween 20-packs of half-ounce, 65-calorie bags of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar. The Halloween 20-packs of Pirate’s Booty will be available from mid-September through October.

After Trick or Treating: Even if you follow some of our tips, we are sure a piece of candy (or two) will be enjoyed on Halloween! To encourage healthy habits, we suggest going back to your regular teeth brushing with Emmi-dent, the revolutionary new toothbrush that uses 100% ultrasound technology to clean teeth and gums – without brushing!  You simply hold the brush against your teeth, and the ultrasound waves react with nano-bubbles in Emmi-dent’s toothpaste to blast bacteria off of teeth and gums. It is also super gentle and great for kids and even those with braces.  It also doesn’t wear away at tooth enamel or irritate sensitive gums, and the nano-bubbles are able to clean gum pockets that brushing and flossing can’t reach.

We also love the new and bright FireFly Ready Go Light-Up Timer toothbrush that features a fun traffic light theme that “times” brushing so that kids do the job thoroughly. My girls loved watching their toothbrushes flash bright green for “go,”  “yellow” for halfway there, and “red” for finished. They also have a cool suction cup holder so it can be stored upright on the counter for less clutter and better hygiene.  This ADA-approved toothbrush comes in a choice of characters – Barbie, Spider Man, Angry Birds or original FireFly.  SRP $3.99 (available at Target.) 

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