Halloween candy by default isn'??t healthy; in fact for some moms (and dentists) it can be something of a nightmare. But there are actually some candies that are better than others for your kids '?? those that are lower sugar and fat '?? that when eaten in moderation actually aren't so bad.
Momtrends assessed the good from the bad and found the best options to enjoy this Halloween.
Junior Mints. A light and airy treat that has an intense and lasting taste, meaning your kids will eat less. There are also 4-5 mints per mini package '?? that include dark chocolate and mint flavors that are cooling and refreshing. (50 calories, 0.5 grams of fat)
Mini Tootsie Roll. Yes, these are filled with sugar, but a Tootsie is considered somewhat healthy because they also last longer so after eating a few your kids will likely have their fill. (50 calories, 0 grams of fat)
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Dark Chocolate. Much has been said about the nutritional value of dark chocolate. It is believed to have a high concentration of antioxidants and with a rich flavor; kids (usually) won'??t want to eat as much. (Hershey'??s mini dark kisses - 180 calories for 9 minis, 12 grams of fat)
Lollipops. Another high-sugar treat, but lollipops last longer so kids enjoy them and won'??t go back for more. Today there are even organic lollipops that are made from fruit juice '?? a fruit and sweet treat to enjoy beyond Halloween. (60 calories, 0 grams of fat)
Peeps. Some people hate or love the peep. Essentially marshmallows, peeps are a healthy option for being low cal and fat free. Also, being a twice a year treat, peeps are something to be enjoyed on Halloween. (16 calories, 0 grams of fat)
Lemonheads. The classic sour treat, lemonheads are also a low-cal and fat free option. (50 calories, 0 grams of fat for 10 pieces)
Pretzels. Last Halloween, I noticed a lot of pretzels and some chocolate-covered ones, too. This crunchy and salty snack is a nice alternative to sugary treats. (Snyder's of Hannover '?? 110 calories for 20 mini pretzels, 0.5 grams of fat)
Granola Bars. Generally made with whole grains, granola bars are a filling Halloween treat that also has some nutritional benefits '?? like high fiber and protein. Some though, like chocolate chip bars, can be just as sugary as a candy bar. (Nature Valley crunchy oat granola bar '?? 180 calories, 6 grams of fat)
Gummy Bears. A sweet and chewy treat, gummy bears or chewy candies are low in fat and generally come in individually wrapped portions. Fruit leather is another option '?? generally made of dried fruit, which is a great high fiber and low calorie Halloween treat. (Edward and Sons '?? 80 calories for 20 gummies, 0 grams of fat)
This year don't be scared of the calories and sugar--make smart decisions.
Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com.