Healthy Halloween Treats

Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of sweets on Halloween! That doesn’t mean, though, that you have to settle for eating and passing out sugar-laden goodies. Why not incorporate good-for-you-foods on Halloween to mix things up? They’ll be a welcome relief to parents, and to kids—well, they may not get eaten right away—they’ll be something different but still delicious. Here are some great ideas that will fit into any Halloween party or bag:

Carrots. This vitamin A-rich vegetable helps support healthy mucous membranes that trap pathogens and, in turn, helps prevent diseases and viruses.

Peanuts. Roasted peanuts make a great addition to any party, Halloween or not! And they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for a child’s brain development.

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium and zinc. Magnesium helps bone, heart, nerve, and muscle function, and zinc helps nourish the brain.

String Cheese. What kid doesn’t love string cheese! Health-wise, string cheese is low in calories and high in calcium and protein.

Trail Mix. Rich in essential minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, a 1-ounce bag of trail mix can supply 10 percent of the copper, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus required for an adult’s diet! And trail mix is fun to make!