Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 12:43 PM PDT

Traditional Halloween candy is full of genetically modified ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, sodium and fat.  I'm not going to sugar-coat things:  It's poison
You know it, I know it, your neighbors know it and most kids know candy's bad for them too.
So let's think outside the Box of our Societal Norm!
Would you hand out candy when your best friend's kid comes to visit?  If not then you probably don't really want to be handing candy out to your neighborhood kids either.  Treat your friends' and neighbors kids like you really care about their health and well-being.   We love our community and we want to be good hosts and good neighbors - even on Halloween, right?
There are plenty of creative things we can do to ensure that the health of all the little people in our community is being considered.  Check it out and perhaps this blog will motivate you to spend a few pennies extra in order to tow the line on acceptable treats for Halloween.
Here are a few Non-Food Treat Ideas:
 
  • Personal Kleenex packs
  • Herbal or Fruit Tea bag packets
  • School Supplies (erasers, pencils, pens, markers)
  • Novelty toys
  • Key Chains
  • Small Rubber Balls
  • Chop Sticks
 
 
Healthy Food Treat Ideas:
 
  • Fruit (apples, clementines)
  • Raisins
  • Fruitables 4 ounce Juice Packs
  • Applesauce cups
  • Granola bars
  • Peanuts (in a cute halloween party-favor bag)
  • Honey sticks
Sometimes it's helpful to put a name tag or even a return address label sticker on these treats, showing the source of the treat.  Parents may let their kids keep and snack on the fresh fruit or peanuts if they know it comes from a responsible, traceable and reputable source.
 
 
I took photos of the prices in order to help you strategize the price differential.
These photos were taken at a Fine Fare supermarket in central Harlem.  Just THINK of the wholesome snacks available through Whole Foods or another healthy food market!
 
 


 
 
The trick is standing up for what you believe in when all the messages try to tell you otherwise.
The treat is knowing that you're doing your best for the health of your community.
 
With deliciousness, 
                    ~Dinneen