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Treats You And Your Kids Should Avoid This Halloween

While everyone loves enjoying some candy on Halloween, trick-or-treating brings the amount of candy to an extreme level. There’s nothing wrong with indulging on a few pieces of chocolate or sweets, but there is a problem when our kids bring home a sack full of sugary candy on Halloween night. Here are some treats that you should tell your child to try to stay away from, and a few healthier options that have kid-approved taste, as well as parent-approved nutrition.

Sticky Candy

Sticky candy, such as gummy bears, Tootsie Rolls, and Laffy Taffy, should be avoided as much as possible. These types of candy allow the sugar to spend more time on your children’s teeth, resulting in a higher chance of tooth decay. Even worse, sticky candy can grab hold of fillings in your child’s mouth and rip them out. This makes for a treat that is not worth the pain and possible side effects.

Hard Candy

Similar to sticky candy, hard candy also spends a lot of time in the mouth, resulting in a higher chance of tooth decay. Jawbreakers, lollipops, and Jolly Ranchers are covered in sugar, and in the time it takes to finish one piece of hard candy, that sugar is all over their teeth and gums.

Dried Fruit

While it may seem like dried fruit should be a good alternative to candy, be wary- as some dried fruits are packed full of sugar. Common dried fruits contain 38–66% sugar and are often just as sticky as candy.

Healthier Alternatives

  • No sugar added dried fruit: Some dried fruit can be a healthy alternative to candy if you avoid dried fruit that contains any added sugar. Also, dried fruit is usually high in calories, so be mindful of keeping serving sizes small. However, fresh fruit is always a great choice as well!

  • Popcorn: Without added salt and butter, popcorn is a relatively healthy snack that kids will enjoy. Look for popcorn snack-packs that have no artificial ingredients, and are made with sunflower oil.

  • 100 Calorie Packs: While Halloween is usually about candy, most kids wouldn’t be mad about receiving some packs of pretzels or Oreos. While Oreos are usually high in calories, snack packs with mini-Oreos are portion-controlled and make a great alternative treat.

  • KIND Bars: Instead of granola bars, chose KIND bars that are made up of nuts, whole grains, and dried fruits that provide protein, fiber, and unsaturated fats.

  • Fruit Leathers: Stretch Island Fruit Leathers are simply made with just fruit purees, and offer kids a sweet treat. One strip has only 50 calories, and zero grams of fat.

Making a Healthier Choice with Hearn Kirkwood

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Allison RouseHearn Kirkwood