10 Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Happy almost-Halloween, Superheroes!

However you’re celebrating the holiday, chances are you’re not going trick-or-treating. Even so, it’s tough to avoid candy during this time of year. After all, they’re all over the stores – and in just a few days, they’ll all be on sale! But you can satisfy your sugar cravings and still be reasonably healthy – just follow these tips.

1. Pick fruit.

Fresh fruit is a great alternative to processed candy. Go for seasonal fruits since they’re naturally sweeter – why not try snack on an apple? You can do tons with this versatile fruit, like make applesauce or bake apple chips. If you’re not into fresh fruit, dried fruit is another option. Go for the ones with no sugar added for best result.

2. Shop in the health food aisle.

Sure, the bulk Hershey’s kisses might be cheaper – but they’re also loaded with artificial ingredients and high-fructose corn syrup. So try shopping for candy in your health food aisle instead! There, you’ll find treats you never knew existed, like organic gummy bears or naturally sweetened fruit leathers. You can also find protein and granola bars, many of which are designed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

3. Make some trail mix.

Trail mix is a great healthy snack to have on hand if you make it on your own and skip the processed store-bought versions. And this way, it’s totally customizable so you only get exactly what you want. Mix together some nuts, seeds, dried fruits and chocolate chips for a snack that’s satiating, sweet and healthy. But make sure to watch your portions! It’s easy to go overboard with trail mix.

4. Get frozen.

If you can bear to eat frozen treats in the cold, they can be a surprisingly healthy snack! Frozen yogurt and sorbets are definitely an indulgence, but they still have less fat than ice cream. To get healthier, make snowcones or Popsicles with fresh fruit and fruit juice instead of heavy sugar syrups – or purée some frozen bananas for an ice cream alternative. Or just freeze fruits as they are! Grapes and berries straight out of the freezer might sound strange, but they’re delicious.

5. Eat hard or chewy candies.

So much of indulging in moderation is about portion control. If you have trouble with that, why not pick some hard or chewy candies, or even a lollipop? The longer it takes you to finish the candy, the less you’ll have of it. Of course, having all that sugar sitting in your mouth is terrible for your teeth. So be sure to brush them shortly after you finish.

6. Munch on dark chocolate.

When you’re craving chocolate, there isn’t really a satisfying alternative. So be sure to get the dark kind. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants as well as stearic acid, which helps you stay full longer. If you’re going to get chocolate, might as well get the healthiest kind you can.

7. Get the smaller size.

Can’t resist buying a bag of Halloween candy on sale? At least get the kind where each piece is individually wrapped for built-in portion control. For even less of a temptation, split the large bag into smaller ziploc baggies so you don’t mindlessly eat 50 mini Milky Ways in one evening.

8. Eat Jello.

Halloween is a great time of year to bring out your inner child. Extend that to your snacking by making some Jello, which is easy to make and low in fat and calories. Add some pieces of fresh fruit to make it even healthier.

9. Go for popcorn.

Plain popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can have. Sure, it’s not sweet on its own. But it can be a great alternative to candy with just a few adjustments. Try adding in toppings like marshmallows and chocolate chips – sure, you’ll still be having sweets, but you’ll be having less of them! You might also try making some honey popcorn balls.

10. Make it at home.

As with all foods, sweets are better for you when you make it at home. So bake your own cookies and cakes, and consider replacing some of the sugar with other ingredients like molasses or honey. You might also try your hand at a project like homemade candy corn. It’ll still be sugary and calorie-filled – but you’ll know exactly what’s in it and it won’t have any preservatives. Finally, there are several healthier homemade alternatives to store bought candy. For example, Woman’s Day recommends pairing a little dark chocolate and peanut butter instead of buying a Reese’s – see their other suggestions here.

The above tips will help reduce your sugar intake – but if you’re really craving a particular snack, there’s nothing like the real thing. Even superheroes indulge sometimes! Just do it in moderation and you’ll be fine.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Happy almost-Halloween, Superheroes!

However you’re celebrating the holiday, chances are you’re not going trick-or-treating. Even so, it’s tough to avoid candy during this time of year. After all, they’re all over the stores – and in just a few days, they’ll all be on sale! But you can satisfy your sugar cravings and still be reasonably healthy – just follow these tips.

1. Pick fruit.

Fresh fruit is a great alternative to processed candy. Go for seasonal fruits since they’re naturally sweeter – why not try snack on an apple? You can do tons with this versatile fruit, like make applesauce or bake apple chips. If you’re not into fresh fruit, dried fruit is another option. Go for the ones with no sugar added for best result.

2. Shop in the health food aisle.

Sure, the bulk Hershey’s kisses might be cheaper – but they’re also loaded with artificial ingredients and high-fructose corn syrup. So try shopping for candy in your health food aisle instead! There, you’ll find treats you never knew existed, like organic gummy bears or naturally sweetened fruit leathers. You can also find protein and granola bars, many of which are designed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

3. Make some trail mix.

Trail mix is a great healthy snack to have on hand if you make it on your own and skip the processed store-bought versions. And this way, it’s totally customizable so you only get exactly what you want. Mix together some nuts, seeds, dried fruits and chocolate chips for a snack that’s satiating, sweet and healthy. But make sure to watch your portions! It’s easy to go overboard with trail mix.

4. Get frozen.

If you can bear to eat frozen treats in the cold, they can be a surprisingly healthy snack! Frozen yogurt and sorbets are definitely an indulgence, but they still have less fat than ice cream. To get healthier, make snowcones or Popsicles with fresh fruit and fruit juice instead of heavy sugar syrups – or purée some frozen bananas for an ice cream alternative. Or just freeze fruits as they are! Grapes and berries straight out of the freezer might sound strange, but they’re delicious.

5. Eat hard or chewy candies.

So much of indulging in moderation is about portion control. If you have trouble with that, why not pick some hard or chewy candies, or even a lollipop? The longer it takes you to finish the candy, the less you’ll have of it. Of course, having all that sugar sitting in your mouth is terrible for your teeth. So be sure to brush them shortly after you finish.

6. Munch on dark chocolate.

When you’re craving chocolate, there isn’t really a satisfying alternative. So be sure to get the dark kind. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants as well as stearic acid, which helps you stay full longer. If you’re going to get chocolate, might as well get the healthiest kind you can.

7. Get the smaller size.

Can’t resist buying a bag of Halloween candy on sale? At least get the kind where each piece is individually wrapped for built-in portion control. For even less of a temptation, split the large bag into smaller ziploc baggies so you don’t mindlessly eat 50 mini Milky Ways in one evening.

8. Eat Jello.

Halloween is a great time of year to bring out your inner child. Extend that to your snacking by making some Jello, which is easy to make and low in fat and calories. Add some pieces of fresh fruit to make it even healthier.

9. Go for popcorn.

Plain popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can have. Sure, it’s not sweet on its own. But it can be a great alternative to candy with just a few adjustments. Try adding in toppings like marshmallows and chocolate chips – sure, you’ll still be having sweets, but you’ll be having less of them! You might also try making some honey popcorn balls.

10. Make it at home.

As with all foods, sweets are better for you when you make it at home. So bake your own cookies and cakes, and consider replacing some of the sugar with other ingredients like molasses or honey. You might also try your hand at a project like homemade candy corn. It’ll still be sugary and calorie-filled – but you’ll know exactly what’s in it and it won’t have any preservatives. Finally, there are several healthier homemade alternatives to store bought candy. For example, Woman’s Day recommends pairing a little dark chocolate and peanut butter instead of buying a Reese’s – see their other suggestions here.

The above tips will help reduce your sugar intake – but if you’re really craving a particular snack, there’s nothing like the real thing. Even superheroes indulge sometimes! Just do it in moderation and you’ll be fine.

Liked this? Check out 10 Vegetarian Habits Omnivores Should Steal!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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