Healthy Halloween!!

costume-screaming-demon-devil-41521The shelves at the grocery stores are packed to bursting with bags of chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel candies all awaiting the last night of October to find their way into the treat bags of the ghouls and goblins that roam the streets. Most of these treats have ingredients that are questionable at best and hair-raisingly terrifying at worst.

Beware the Shiny Candy Wrappers!

Reading food labels can be tricky and sometimes the frightening ingredients can be the hardest to decode. Just look for anything that you can’t easily pronounce. The weird ingredients in those foil-wrapped candies add a lot of scary to their recipes such as:

  • Carcinogenic food colorings and artificial flavorings
  • Sour and sticky ingredients that erode tooth enamel
  • Crushed beetles and other insects
  • Chemical-based preservatives like petroleum

giant-rubber-bear-gummibar-gummibarchen-fruit-gumsConjure up a Healthier Halloween

Don’t be bewitched by the dangerously red sugar-coated shell on those candied apples, look for healthier ingredients such as dark or milk chocolate, peanuts, peppermint oil, and honey in store-bought treats. To find treats made with things you can recognize, look in health food stores or in the organic section of your local grocer.

If you want to try some Halloween magic, consider creating treats in your own kitchen. Check out the links below for wickedly healthy recipes:

Toffee Popcorn Balls

Dark Chocolate Bark

Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls

Caramel Dip and Apple Slices

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties

Fruit Treats (Banana Ghosts and Tangerine Pumpkins)

As you get ready for your weekend of Halloween fun, start with a spooky Easy Friday lunch. Remember the ingredients in your holiday treats should be easy to read and if not, consider making healthy treats at home so you always know what you’re eating!