Halloween is a time for many to indulge their sweet tooth – and their children’s. Sometimes, believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much sugar. A lot of our favorite candies and Halloween delights contain corn syrup, versus sugar, for example. And a sugar crash can dampen your holiday plans. Not to mention that kids plus a little too much candy can equal a bit of a handful.
Here are some ideas for substituting some traditional treats with healthier alternatives — MySuperFoods brings you our own Halloween “Eat this, not that.”
- CANDY CORN
Candy corn contains three different sweeteners — sugar, corn syrup, and honey — as well as artificial flavor and color.
Try this instead: Candy corn fruit pops, with pineapple, cantaloupe, and banana.
- REESE’S CUPS
Two Reese’s cups contain 21 g of sugar, 10% of your daily calories, and 20% of your daily fat allowance.
Try this instead: Peanut butter oat balls with chocolate chips. Sweetened with honey and fortified with flax seed, this recipes only takes about 8 minutes!
Who doesn’t love a good homemade cupcake, or even a funfetti cupcake with extra funfetti icing on top? Instead, try tricking your kids with this treat…
Try this instead: Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins
- FRUIT ROLL UPS / TWIZZLERS
I have a weak spot for these brightly-colored, corn syrup-addled gummy candies, but fresh or dried fruit packs much more nutrition.
Try this instead: Fruit Leather (This recipe includes a variety of different flavor possibilities, like peach, mango, apple-ginger, strawberry-banana, and raspberry-vanilla).
- CLASSROOM HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS
Your child’s classroom halloween party spread will likely include plenty of cake, rice krispy treats, brownies, and more. Why not change it up and send in something a bit more healthy?
Try this instead: Fun halloween-themed fruit and veggie arrangements. These don’t have to be very elaborate…a few details go a long way!