For many, Halloween kicks off the unhealthiest part of the year. With tons of candy corn and bucket loads of bite-sized chocolate candy bars, it’s hard to escape sugar during the month of October. And that doesn’t even include the festive treats people are baking up and sharing.
Some of this sugar is hard to avoid ― and some of it we don’t want to avoid ― but there’s one area that could use a serious makeover, and that’s the Halloween candy bowl. The U.S. Heart Association recommends that kids consume no more than 3 to 8 teaspoons of added sugar per day ― there are about 4 grams to a teaspoon, converting to 12 to 32 grams of added sugar per day. Considering that a serving of Candy Corn (roughly 19 pieces) contains 28 grams of sugar ― that’s 7 teaspoons! ― it’s time we make a change.
If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters this year, consider forgoing the traditional sweets for something a little healthier that kids will actually be excited to eat (and parents will be thankful for). Some of these are super healthy (fall apples and dried cranberries) and some of them a little less healthy (mini granola bars with chocolate chips) but all of them are better for the kids than what’s normally found in a Halloween candy bowl.
(One thing to note: opting for healthy will usually cost more than candy. That’s just the way it is.)
Here are 8 ideas for healthy treats you can hand out this Halloween.