The appearance of ghosts, goblins and witches can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner, and kids are getting ready to raid the neighborhood for candy. If you’re a parent dreading your child’s inevitable sugar crash, there are some solutions for fun, healthy alternatives to the holiday’s traditionally sugary affair. Registered dietitian Leigha Klebe promotes healthy eating even during the holiday season by replacing conventional candy with wholesome substitutes. With childhood obesity on the rise in the U.S. — doubling in the past 20 years — Klebe suggests less sugar and more nutritious snacks to toss in kids’ trick-or-treat bags.
Buddy Fruits specializes in healthy snacks for kids, and its 100 percent natural blended fruit and milk smoothies are a fantastic addition to trick-or-treat loot bags. With only 70 calories per pouch, these all-natural treats do not require refrigeration, contain no preservatives and are gluten-free.