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Tricks For Healthier Treats This Halloween

Halloween comes only once a year and both kids and adults love this sweet holiday. Between the copious amounts candy and the outrages costumes (no one really knows who ate all the Reese’s Peanut butter cups because the fiend was wearing a Jabba The Hut costume) fun is usually had by one and all. Now their is nothing wrong with an occasional treat but Halloween can end up being a sugar binge that lasts for days. If you would like to have some healthier treats around the house with less sugar and maybe some vitamins and minerals to go along with the sweetness here are a few suggestions for a healthier but still happy Halloween.

Caramel apples

Caramel apples are easy to make and one of falls truly traditional treats. While they are loaded with sugar your at least adding a serving of fresh fruit to the mix and you can even up the healthy by adding walnut or almond sprinkles. If you make them yourself (it’s super easy and fun) you can let the caramel drip off until the candy coating is fairly thin which means the little ankle bitters are getting a little less candy and a little more fruit. For a healthy caramel apple recipe click here

Kettle corn

Most of us think of this as fair food and it is, but buy making kettle corn at home you put you in charge of how much sugar goes into your product. That certainly isn’t the case with the Kit Kat bar your 6 year-old just snarfed down with one hand while the other was searching for more goodies in that pillow case. Even better the popcorn tends to be a little filling leaving less room for other higher calorie treats. For a healthy kettle corn recipe click here

Fruit Gummies

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that these chewy little treats are health food but they certainly are better than the candy corn, Jolly Ranchers, Blow Pops and Snickers Bars that are the Halloween favorites being handed out all over the neighborhood. Buying the organic all natural variety can be a way to chase away the voice of your conscience as you look into the trusting eyes of that toddler in the Batman costume and drop a handful of candy in his sack.

Roasted pumpkin seeds

After all the Jack O Lanterns have been carved what your left with the slimy innards of the pumpkin and the highly nutritious seeds. Don’t let those seeds go to waste. Roasted pumpkin seeds are high in vitamin E, B vitamins, protein and healthy fats. Roast those puppies up and sprinkle them with a light dusting of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg for sweet and healthy taste treat. for the recipe click here