So it’s getting close to Halloween, and you’re just starting to imagine all of the candy you’ll be collecting. Then it dawns on you that you’re not the one going out trick or treating: You’re the candy giver!
But there’s a problem. See, you’re not exactly the candy-giving type, are you? No, you’re the kind of person who would much rather these kids get a nutritional snack rather than something that’ll rot their teeth out. You’d rather give them strong bones and a functional stomach than anything kids would actually appreciate. We can respect that.
The good news is you don’t have to risk the ire of those costumed maniacs. Healthy snacks can taste good! And here are the top 11 safe and healthy snacks you can dish out that will leave your conscience and their teeth intact.
1: Popcorn Balls
These are simple and easy balls of popcorn. You can get bags of premade popcorn balls from most stores. However, if you’re the DIY type, here’s how to make them:
First, pop up 5 quarts of popcorn. Then, combine ¾ cup light corn syrup, ¼ cup margarine, two teaspoons cold water, and two ⅝ cups confectioners’ sugar in a large pot and heat until melted. Remove from heat and add the popcorn. Before the mixture completely cools, coat your hands with vegetable oil to help prevent sticking and roll the popcorn into balls.
2: Trail Mix
There are a number of different trail mixes that you can buy in bulk, or you can make your own. While most trail mixes use nuts, you may want to be careful as some kids are highly allergic to nuts.
Some kids love them, some not so much, so it’s going to be a hard sell. But if you buy those little boxes of raisins, they kind of look like candy – or are at least transported like it. So double down on the candy likeness by adding a quarter cup of chocolate chips to a cup of raisins then portioning them out in appropriate serving sizes. That way, the kids get a taste of chocolate while still enjoying the nutrients.
4: Sweet Potato Fries
Now, this one’s fun because the kids will not know what this is, and you will not tell them. It’s a surprise! This idea is more suited for having kids over at a Halloween party than giving them out as treats.
Take some sweet potatoes, cut them up into wedge-like shapes, then toss them into a bowl along with salt, olive oil, and whatever spices you deem necessary. Place the tossed fries on a strong baking sheet that you’ve left in an oven set at 450 degrees, then put the baking sheet back into the oven for ten minutes. Flip the fries over, wait another ten minutes. Then, open the oven and retrieve your fries!
5: Baby Carrots
You don’t even have to do anything special with these. Carrots are a sweet snack great for most kids. However, they may not seem like a sweet treat — if you really want to brighten their day, why not try this carrot milkshake!
6: Caramel Apples
Regular old apples aren’t going to make the kids like you. They’re a staple in the “I can’t believe they gave me this” trick-or-treating lexicon. You have to dip these things in caramel if you’re going to hand them out to Darth Vader and Mabel Pines.
7: Yogurt Tubes
Now, this is something that is a treat. Gogurt was all the rage for a while, and on the whole, yogurt is one of the tastier snacks on the healthy spectrum. So your grocery should have a selection of yogurt either in fun tubes or convenient snack-sized tubs.
8: Granola Bars
By far the easiest and the most immediately appealing option. Nothing special with no work involved. You just purchase some bars from your local grocery store and hand them out. Solid choice.
Alright, so it’s not the healthiest option, but it’s also not candy. There are also whole wheat options for pretzels, and often you can find them in snack size packets, which is fun!
10: Smoothie Pouches
These are different from yogurt tubes because they are larger and filled with smoothies instead of yogurt. They’re also more freely available, and most stores have them in six-packs. In addition, a “smoothie” is often an easier sell to the little ones than “yogurt.”
They kind of look like candy, and some candy has blueberry flavor, so this is a good logical step, right? However, blueberries can be a bit squishy if mishandled. So you will probably have to invest in some small, cheap plastic containers if you are going to go this route.