Halloween Treats That Won’t Haunt Your Waistline

by Brooke on October 23, 2012

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Halloween is quickly approaching!  Stores are now packing their selves with every treat imaginable, ET can be seen on TV trick-or-treating in a ghost costume and watching your waistline may be a challenge for health conscious individuals and their families. What to hand out to trick-or-treaters, what treats should I take for a work party, and how can I watch my waistline might be a few of the common questions challenging individuals trying to lose weight or maintain their weight this time of year.   Below are a few healthier ideas for your trick-or-treaters and work parties:

Here are a few halloween treats that are good for trick-or-treaters:

  • Fruit Leathers
  • Individual packs of sugarless gum
  • Boxed or packaged dried cranberries, raisins, or dried apricots
  • Candy that is labeled as “fun size” or “mini”
  • Single serving boxes of ready-to-eat cereal (Note:  look for boxes with less than 10 grams of sugar)
  • Lollipops or Jolly Ranchers
  • 100 calorie packages of pretzels, graham crackers or Teddy Grahams
  • Low-fat fig or granola bars
  • Snack-sized bags of popcorn or veggie chips
  • Non-food ideas: play-doh, spider rings, stickers, funny Halloween glasses, bubbles, rub-on or stick-on temporary tattoos, false teeth,  jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, bouncy balls, or cookie cutters

Here are a few treats for your Halloween parties:

1)  Make snack-sized bags of small marshmallows to hand out to co-workers and write on the bags “ghost warts.”

2)  Make a trail mix that includes 3 cups of whole grain cereal (ie Cheerios), 1 cup of candy corn, and 1 cup of unsalted nuts.

3)  Carameled “Apple” Grapes.  Dip individual grapes in carmel first and then dip them into crushed peanuts.  This is a lot smaller than a carmel apple and still makes you feel like you are eating a treat.  Want a detailed recipe check out the Menu Mom’s Caramel Dipped Grapes.

4)  Witch popcorn hands.  Get a non-latex plastic glove.  Add a candy corn to each finger tip to give the look of a finger nail.  Fill the rest of the glove with air-popped popcorn and use a black ribbon to tip the end of the plastic glove shut.

5)  Make a veggie tray in the shape of a pumkin or monster.   Check out Coupon Clipping Cook’s Pumpkin Head Relish Tray!

Here are more Halloween blog posts on healthy party snacks, allergies, and weight maintenance:

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