Saturday, October 17, 2009

Be a healthy house this halloween!

Be that one house in the neighborhood that hands out healthier treats...I know the children at your door may be disappointed because they do enjoy that candy, but hey at least it's one less candy bar they will eat this time of year! With the flu and cold going around kids really don't need more sugar.


Raisins: You can give out small boxes of raisins. Not only are raisins tasty, but they are also a good source of dietary fiber and other essential vitamins and minerals.

Trail mix: These mixes are usually filled with a variety of nuts and dried fruits and tend to be a healthier alternative that has much less sugar and unhealthy fats than candy bars.

Fruit snacks: Kids love fruit snacks and they are much healthier than candy bars. Just make sure to purchase the ones that are made from real fruit and are trans fat free.

Lollipops: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods both carry organic lollipops that contain no artificial flavors or colors. They are still made primarily of sugar, but at least they are healthier than a candy bar. They are fat free and have less calories, about 25 per lollipop.

Non-candy treats: Mechanical pencils, colored pencils, balloons, crayons, bubbles, and party favor style toys are not that expensive. Plus, every kid loves little gifts, especially toys, and will enjoy them for much longer than a couple pieces of candy.

Just be careful though about what you hand out because I hear of people being tp'd for what they hand out!!

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