Halloween is almost here!
Your little ones have probably been waiting all year for this moment, as they should be. Walking around collecting sweet treats all evening dressed up as your favorite character is probably one of childhood’s greatest pleasures!
But for us parents, Halloween really is a scary time. Not only do parents dish out extra cash on costumes and decor, but we also have to deal with the fact that our kids are basically going to OD on cheap, sugary candy after we’ve have worked so hard to keep them healthy. It is both fun and frustrating, and in many cases, it can’t be avoided.
Oh, and if you have a child with allergies, there is even more pressure. Many parents will have to filter those trick or treat bags to make sure their child doesn’t get exposed to certain foods or dyes - particularly peanuts. I have a few mom friends who can’t let their kids trick or treat at all because unfortunately most of us don’t even consider allergies when we hit the store to bulk up on candy. If you are going to be handing out treats this year, please be mindful of this!
The American Heart Association recommends that children should not eat more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of added sugar per day. Added sugar is the extra sugar that manufacturers add to juices, cereals, snacks and all the other things your kid loves to eat. And it can add up quickly!
Fortunately, there are a lot of healthier options you can hand out that will still make kids happy, but not disappoint them completely. You don’t want to be that house that ends up getting toilet papered for giving out lame Halloween treats!
Here are a few low sugar alternatives you can try this Halloween holiday:
Organic Juice Boxes
Juice boxes are actually a great treat for trick or treaters! Yes, they do contain sugar, but they also serve a purpose and will be very welcomed by thirsty kids who have been walking around all night. Just make sure you get them in bulk from a store like Costco or Sam Club because they can add up quick.
If you have some time to get a little crafty, you can make some pumpkin oranges for the kiddies. All you need are some organic oranges and a few natural edible markers (not sharpies). Simply draw some pumpkin faces on the peel and voila! You’ve got a healthy treat that most kids can eat without issue.
Honey sticks are a great sweet treat and are natural. Honey has a lot of beneficial properties and is a satisfying alternative to candy. You can typically find honey sticks at farmers markets, or you can order them online. They come is a variety of flavors, but it is best to get them plain in case a child has allergies to one of the additives.
If you just can’t escape the candy route and want to blend in with the other Halloween handouts, then organic candy is the way to go! Even though they are still filled with sugar, it is still a better option. There are a few brands that make organic lollipops and other candies that are dye-free and full of vitamin C. You can find organic candies online or in stores like Whole Foods.
Good luck parents!
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