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Trick or Treat: Between a Rock and a Sweet Spot

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Trick or Treat: Between a Rock and a Sweet Spot

Remember Charlie Brown’s disappointment when he received a rock in his trick-or-treat bag? Nobody wants to disappoint the little ghosts and goblins that show up on Halloween. But there’s no need to load the kiddies up with mountains of sugar, either.

There is a happy medium between sugar-laden traditional Halloween treats and Charlie Brown’s rock. Without depriving  the little ones of Halloween or sweet treats, you can mix it up by offering some healthier alternatives that can still be called treats.

Devin Alexander, Celebrity Chef and NY Times Best Selling Author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook Series, suggests these fun treats:

  • Juice boxes or water bottles (if your budget can handle it). You might worry that your house will get egged or TP’d, but think about it: kids are going door to door, often racing to collect tons of candy. They get really thirsty. Handing out a beverage may actually be much better received than you think.
  • Boxes of pretzels or baked chips. Though they are not as great as water or 100 percent orange juice, they’re relatively low in calories and fat, and they aren’t pure sugar.
  • Bags of nuts or dried fruit. Though they are calorie dense, they contain “good” fats and natural sugars. Just be sure to buy the dry roasted nuts, not “roasted,” which have added oils.
  • Fruit snacks. They’re sweet and seem similar to gummy candy, but with a fraction of the sugar and fat.
  • Tootsie pops or other lollipops (great if you’re on a tight budget). Though they are virtually pure sugar, they take a long time to eat, so people tend to eat fewer. Plus, they are very low in fat.
  • Sugar-free gum is another great, virtually calorie-free option. Kids LOVE gum.
  • Inexpensive toys. Head to your 99 cent store. They often carry big packs of plastic rings (as in kid-friendly jewelry), necklaces, military figurines, etc. Play-Doh (TM) is always a great option that might be found there as well.

Prime your taste buds, because Ms. Alexander will also share a delicious pumpkin-based recipe in an upcoming article on Care2.

Next: More Trick-or-Treat Ideas, plus How to Handle Your Kids’ Deluge of Treats

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10:18AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

I usually give special treats and a little something to use later on.

7:21AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

We don't distribute candy ourselves, as one of us is usually taking the kids trick-or-treating, while the other parent is usually at the firehouse helping out with the trick-or-treating there-it's a good party, and great PR for the firehouse besides! That having been said, we normally eat healthy, made/grown-from-scratch foods, so I see no problem with the annual Halloween trick-or-treating. We just save the candy and allow the kids one or two pieces per day AFTER SUPPER. That helps stretch it out longer, and they don't gorge themselves (although it does allow us the chance to snitch some ourselves too-hey, we deserve it!).

5:06AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012


5:48PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

nice ideas

5:34PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

3:04PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012


1:57PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

I spend alot of time picking out the candy.No Mars nuts,no gluten,no palm oil.Beyond that,parents responsibility.

1:23PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012


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