Here are my suggestions to keep it all in balance:
- Make sure to eat a healthy meal before heading out, then you won't be as tempted to eat your weight in candy!
- Trick or Treat the old fashion way--WALK house to house. It amazes me to see how many families drive their child house to house these days!
- Keep some of your favorites (not many as a treat), then freeze them or better yet donate them to the local food bank, or to our troops serving overseas through a program called Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Buy Back Program.
Additionally, here are some healthy alternative options for Halloween treats you may not know about!
A healthier alternative to Reese's & Snickers: Figamajigs are “as delicious as a candy bar,” but they’re made from figs and covered in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Even better, they give you a boost of 5 grams of fiber.
A healthier alternative to M&Ms & Skittles: Although they are somewhat higher in calories, coated chocolate SunDrops candies contain no artificial colors or flavors or preservatives.
A healthier alternative to Twix & KitKats: Qbel Double Dark Chocolate Wafer Bars, which are covered in high-antioxidant 70% dark chocolate, will shave off another 40 calories and save you 80 milligrams of sodium (versus Twix). Bonus: You’ll get 10 percent of your daily-recommended iron intake.
A healthier alternative to Jolly Ranchers & Starbursts: Real fruit sweetens and flavors gelatin-free Seitenbacher gummy treats, which even come in a seasonally right “Vampires Lunch” pack.
A healthier alternative to Smarties & Sweet Tarts: While not as powdery sweet as a mouthful of Smarties, it’s true, Panda licorice (which gets its sweetness from molasses) contains no artificial ingredients, and it comes in individually wrapped, portion-controlled pouches that may help prevent overindulging.
A healthier alternative to Milky Way or PayDay: Try satisfying your chocolate cravings with Organic Dark Chocolate Bug Bites. While they won’t save you much in the way of calories or grams of fat, they’re made with heart-healthy, antioxidant-packed organic fair-trade chocolate. Candy doesn’t get much more virtuous than that.
A healthier alternative Mounds or Almond Joy: Go for an old-fashioned coconut macaroon, recommends Laura Garrett, RD, a diabetes educator. “If you look at the fat and sugar, they are probably equal, but the macaroons are made with egg whites, which offer you a little protein.”
A healthier alternative to Candied or Caramel Apples: If you want to steer clear of red dye, add a little protein and heart-healthy fat, andbe kinder to your teeth; try substituting apple slices with a smear of peanut butter. Just don’t attempt to hand them out to trick-or-treaters.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Hope these tips help!
Here are the WORST Halloween candies: In no particular order: