Balanced Halloween Trick or Treats

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Halloween trick or treating has turned its focus more on the treats than the tricks. While I am all about balancing nutritious and indulgent foods, it’s also a good opportunity to throw in more of those “tricks”, not just because of the excess added sugars available in the treats but also to help provide safe items for kids with food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities.

Offering a mix of both food and non-food options serves as a chance to reinforce the importance of balance in life and these special holidays.

Non-food recommendations
Whether scouring the dollar-type stores or sections of your go-to stores, there’s a variety of mini versions of these toys and activities that are great for a variety of ages.

Stickers • Stamps • Vampire teeth • Playdough • Bubbles
Glow bracelets and necklaces • Putty • Slime • Whistles
Sound makers • Toothbrushes • Activity pads or booklets
Hot Wheels • Yo-Yos • Mini puzzles
Nutritious treat recommendations
Whether you’re passing out goodies from your house or cohosting classroom parties, these options are not just more nutritious, mostly from fiber and fruits, they are also allergy friendly and vegan! The exception is the Larabars, while there are no added sugars, for the most part, they do contain nuts and wouldn’t be nut allergy friendly. I like these rather than the gluten-free candy lists because there are plenty of those lists available online, but gluten-free candy is still a source of sugar and we’re also here to share more nutritious offerings in general.

Individual bags of popcorn • Mini LARABARS • Honest Waters
Box of raisins • Fruit cups packed in water or juice
Unsweetened apple sauce pouches
Cuties or Halos (small oranges or tangelos)
Fruit juice sweetened fruit snacks, strips and twists

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Rebecca Miller, MPH, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist who shares recipes + inspiration on her blog, Twisted Nutrition. She can be reached at TwistedNutritionBlog.com or via email BMillerRD85@gmail.com.

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