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Give them more than candy...

As you and I both know, Sugar is more accessible now than ever. It's in just about everything. Instead of loading the kiddos up on MORE refined sugar. Give them better options. Not the same old same old stuff. Mix it up this year!

Your kids will love healthy alternatives to Halloween candy if you make them frightfully good. These are some ideas for healthy holiday food and celebrations that are low on sugar and still a lot of fun.

Healthy Foods to Substitute for Traditional Halloween Candy:

1. Make your own sinister snacks. Kids love gross things. Use cookie cutters to design homemade cookies in shapes like ghosts and bats. Bake gingerbread zombies with missing limbs. You can adjust the conventional recipes to lower the sugar and substitute almond flour for half the white flour.

• Kids will also love to eat fruit and vegetables if you arrange them right. Peel grapes so that they look like eyeballs. Make a skeleton shape out of carrot sticks and sliced vegetables.

2. Try sugar-free or organic candy and gum. If you want to serve candy, try sugar-free or organic brands. Read the labels to check on any chemicals you want to avoid and to find out how much sugar they contain. It stimulates saliva and can help fight tooth decay.

3. Hand out healthier foods. There are lots of nutritious foods you can hand out for trick-or-treating or at parties. Focus on sturdy fruits and vegetables like baby carrots, raisins, apples, oranges, or bananas. (Most cost-effective too.)

  • Consider alternatives to trick or treating. More and more parents are choosing healthy and safe alternatives to trick or treating. These are some party ideas that switch the focus away from the candy.

  • Hand out non-food treats. Whether you trick or treat or throw a party, you can hand out treats and favors other than candy. Give children stickers, temporary tattoos, coins, pencil toppers, or small novelty toys. Black toothbrushes will come in especially handy this time of year. Just make sure there are no choking hazards for very young kids.

There are healthy alternatives to Halloween candy that will keep your kids happy and your dental bills down. Make this Halloween good and scary for you and your family.

PS: Save yourself, if you're like me if it's in the house I am going to eat it. Leftover candy is dangerous.

~To Your Health


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