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Healthy Treats are Possible

Fall is in the air and Halloween and all its temptations are just around the corner.  Every year, people struggle with the added sugar laden treats and poor nutrition options available at class parties, Halloween gatherings, and, of course, the dreaded Halloween candy.  It seems as though the Halloween candy can be in the house from the very beginning of October, and some of it may still be lingering in the house all the way until Christmas!  So what is a responsible, nutrition conscious person to do?  Here is a list of fun and diet friendly ideas for Halloween treats: 

  • Stickers:  Who says you have to hand out candy at the door?  Find some fun Halloween stickers and hand them out as a treat instead. 
  • Glow Sticks:  This is a treat that kids love, and it can help keep them safe and visible during trick or treat time also. 
  • Dark chocolate squares:  Chocolate with a high concentration of cocoa has antioxidant properties that can help keep our bodies healthy.  It is also strong enough that it can help deter over eating of candy because of its high cocoa and low sugar content. 
  • Cinnamon and sugar seasoned pumpkin seeds.  These are the small green seeds not the big yellow ones you find in a carving pumpkin.  Place a small handful in a fun container or a bag with a sticker.  These taste great, and are loaded with healthy nutrition including tons of protein, fiber, iron, and zinc.  These are also great because they are allergy friendly. 
  • Apples with a face on them:  You can find kits or make your own silly faces with stickers or other foods and place apples out for treats or to send to a class party.  

Heather Nettle, Wellness Director
Paul and Carol David YMCA