Halloween Treat Alternatives

"Halloween Decorating," ©2009 VMiramontes, used under a CC license on Flickr

“Halloween Decorating,” ©2009 VMiramontes, used under a CC license on Flickr

A few of us around the office are looking for a healthier, less sugar-filled way to celebrate Halloween with the kids:

    • Keep a ‘treasure chest’ full of non-food items: glow sticks, bubbles, bouncy balls, creepy crawly things like plastic bugs, skeletons, and snakes…

 

    • Whole Foods and other grocery stores have nice small packaged snacks that are allergy friendly and great for trick-or-treaters: granola, dried fruits, crackers…

 

    • Candy buying programs are also a fun alternative. Many dentist offices will offer to buy Halloween candy, check with your family’s pediatric dentist.

 

 

  • If you are forced to eat chocolate (haha), always pick dark chocolate. It’s high in antioxidants and several vitamins and minerals. Dark chocolate has also been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, when eaten in moderation of course. I think the parameters were 3 times per week of 65% cocoa or higher.

Tips via Dr. Young first published 10/2012

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