Halloween is less than two weeks away and by now most of us have started purchasing treats for our little “trick-or-treaters.” Children love going door-to-door collecting bags of goodies. As we are aware most of these treats are not nutritious and are high in calories, fats and sugars. Each year I have a plan to buy healthier options for my Halloween treats. We all love a special treat on occasion but the healthier option that you are handing out will be special for children…and I’m sure their parents will be happy about it as well!
Healthier options can be more expensive. In the days leading up to Halloween try hunting for deals by checking flyers, shop your local dollar stores and other discount stores to see if you can find some creative treats. It doesn’t have to be food; kids will love something a little different and unique!
Here are some things I have in mind to look for when hunting for cool Halloween treats this weekend:
– 100% fruit juice packs, fruit cups, fruit juice freezies, fruit snacks & fruit leathers
– Granola bars, popcorn & oatmeal packs
– Halloween stickers, pencils, erasers & stamps
– Glow sticks & mini play dough
– Hair buckles, lip gloss, plastic rings & key chains
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador