Healthy Swaps: Halloween Treats
Halloween is less than a week away. If this year you are sticking to your own modified version of Halloween by leaving candy at the front door, walking the neighborhood with your kids, or staying in and watching scary movies, you’ll probably have candy and other treats on hand. Halloween candy is, of course, delicious but it can also be loaded with refined sugar and additives. That said, if you want to enjoy or give away healthier Halloween candy this year, here are some healthier treats that you can sub out for traditional favorites
Peanut Butter Cups: A chocolate staple. Instead of the old fashion Reese's Peanut Butter Cups try Justin's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Unreal Peanut Butter Cups or Theo Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
M&M's: M&Ms are quite the classic. I always got a ton of them trick or treating. Swap for Unreal Dark Chocolate Crispy Gems, colored naturally from veggies (like Spirulina and beets), and are made with fair trade dark chocolate and bits of crispy quinoa.
DumDums Lolipops: Lolipops are the most purchased candy during the halloween season and shockingly, most of them contain gluten. Yum Earth Organic Lolipops and Project 7 Golly Lolli's are great for allergen-friendly classrooms, low in sugar and contain no artificial flavoring.
Starburst: Starbursts are probably one of the worst candies you can eat because they are mostly comprised of corn syrup and vegetable oil. Luckily, Smart Sweets or Yum Earth Organic Chewys both make a great swap with better ingredients. They also make other candies like gummy bears, gummy worms, and swedish fish.
Rice Krispie Treats: I’m sure you already know that Rice Krispies Treats are not exactly the healthiest option, but because we all love that crispy, crackly pop try Made Good Crispy Squares - they also come in chocolate chip.
Hershey's Kisses: No tricks here, just vegan, nut-free Halloween chocolate that everyone will love! Enjoy Life Foods Halloween Chocolate Mini's are free from egg, wheat, dairy, and 12 other allergens perfect for all ages.