Halloween is just around the corner and you, as a parent, are thinking about all the sugar your kids (and others) are going to consume on October 31st. While you might have thought about going for healthy foods like vegetables or pretentiously healthy foods, you know that children will not enjoy it very much. And believe me, no one likes getting pencils and other non-edibles in their pillowcase on Halloween. So I’ve tried as best I can to supply you with a few crafty alternatives to low-sugar and even low-calorie alternatives to normal Halloween candy.
1) Popcorn Balls
Popcorn balls are both delicious and nutritious. A ball normally has only around 100-150 calories and maybe 10 grams of sugar. You can either make your own using recipes online, or you can buy the delicious balls that Act II sells at your local grocery store. They are incredibly cheap and are nice 100 calories sized balls. And, at five bucks for a pack of 25, they’re cheap too.
2) Crackers and Bread
If you worry about too much sugar and have no qualms about carbohydrates, then cracker type items are what you are looking for. Snyder’s sells 100 calorie bags of pretzels, which contain less than 5 grams of sugar a piece. In addition to that, you can get animal crackers, Teddy Grams, or anything else like that, which are much better than chocolate-y treats.
3) If You Must Have Chocolate…
Then dark chocolate is a must. Out of milk chocolate and white chocolate, dark chocolate has the least number of calories and sugars per ounce. The greater percentage of dark chocolate the better. Trader Joe’s sells a 100 calorie dark chocolate bar with…only 1 gram of sugar! Needless to say, dark chocolate is both tasty and reasonably healthy.
4) Try Some Gum
Sugar free gum is probably the best example of how you can take sugar from something delicious while keeping it delicious. You can get Trident, Orbit, or a ton of other brands of gum all without sugar. Most of these also have special cleaning properties for teeth which is an added bonus. As a trick-or-treating veteran, getting a pack of gum in my sack is just as good as getting a Three Musketeers bar.
Those were just a few examples of what to give out on Halloween. Another pretty good idea is Jelly Beans, they have about 4 calories and less than 1 gram of sugar per bean.
I would stress not giving out sugar free candy. Generally it never tastes as good as the real thing and it costs more as well. With these tips, I hope you, your kids, and the kids that stop at your house have a fun and healthy Halloween.