Get rid of the empty calories and heavy doses of sugar this Halloween when you give out treats to the little ghouls and goblins who knock on your door. There are a wealth of sensible snacks and healthy alternatives available, ranging from sugarless chewing gum to string cheese to Goldfish crackers. Or if you want to offer treats that more closely resemble traditional Halloween candy – but without the heavy doses of sugar – we have five options available for you. We’ve included the company websites in case you want to order directly from them to stock your Halloween treats bowl.
Go-to Flavors: Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars, Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Cups
If you’re a sucker for the major players on Halloween (we’re talking Mounds bars, M&Ms, and Reese’s) but aren’t thrilled about artificial ingredients, UNREAL has got you covered. The company’s mission to reinvent our favorite candies with “only the good stuff” led to the creation of varieties identical in taste to their processed counterparts, but with only all-natural ingredients. With no GMOs, preservatives, or hydrogenated oils, these treats allow you to indulge your sweet tooth guilt-free.
Go-to Flavors: Original, Sweet & Salty Kettle
Are you a popcorn-ball lover? The holiday treat may be delicious, but it’s packed with salt and artificial flavorings that can give cholesterol levels a scare. Get your popcorn fix and hand out a unique Halloween treat – the healthy way by digging into a 100-calorie bag of SkinnyPop made with just three ingredients. The perfectly-portioned bags make for a convenient treat to pass out on Halloween night. Flavors range from Aged White Cheddar to Cinnamon and Sugar.
Go-to Flavors: Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate
Many people reserve granola bars for on-the-go breakfasts or an afternoon pick-me-up, but with KIND’s assortment of decadent, dessert-flavored bars, they can be a smart way to satisfy a sweet tooth as well. At below 200 calories each, they easily have fewer calories than a candy bar, not to mention a dose of antioxidants and filling fiber. The combo of all-natural nuts, fruits, and whole grains, plus delicious chocolate, makes for a healthy treat that tastes guilt-worthy.
Go-to Flavors: Mini Fudge Dipped Pretzels, Chocolate Crème Sandwich Cookies
The salty-sweet combo of chocolate-covered pretzels is hard to resist on a normal day, let alone on Halloween when chocolate treats are calling your name from every direction. These 100-calorie packs are perfectly portion controlled, allowing you to indulge your cravings but keep you from going overboard.
Go-to Flavors: Chocolate Coated Crunch, Chocolate Coated Mint, Chocolate Coated Coconut
If candy bars are your go-to sweet treat, then the Square Bar is a perfect treat to hand out at Halloween. Made with all organic ingredients and no added flavors, each bar boasts an impressive amount of protein that makes for a more satisfying bite. The chocolate-coated crunch flavor rivals a Nestle Crunch bar in taste, while saving you 10 grams of sugar per serving and providing 12 grams of filling protein that will power you through Halloween night! If you have lovers of Andes Chocolate Mints in the house, reach for the chocolate-coated mint variety, and the chocolate-coated coconut flavor will appease a Mounds craving!
Sources: Parents.com, EverydayHealth.com, GetUnreal.com (UNREAL Candy)