If children come to your retirement community to trick-or-treat, you're probably planning to buy some candy before Halloween. However, most of the options you'll find at the grocery store are loaded with added sugar, artificial dyes and preservatives. It's not healthy for you, and it's not the best option to give to kids either.
Here are five healthier candy alternatives to give out on Halloween:
1. Dark chocolate
If you want to give out chocolate bars, pick a dark variety, which have a number of health benefits. Fitness magazine explained that dark chocolate contains less sugar and no dairy products. It's also rich in antioxidants that may help to control blood pressure and decrease the risk of certain diseases. Hershey's Special Dark Miniatures are a good choice because of their small serving sizes.
2. Fruit-based treats
Chocolate-covered or candied fruit are a good alternative to traditional candy. Treats like Milk Duds or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are empty calories, as they contain very few nutrients. If you swap out candy bars for a fruity snack like Raisinets or dried pineapple, at least your trick-or-treaters will be getting some vitamins and minerals from their holiday haul.
3. Candy with nuts
Another way to banish empty calories is to hand out a snack that contains nuts. Almonds, peanuts and walnuts all contain protein, healthy fats and a variety of other nutrients. Dark chocolate bars with nuts are one of the healthier candies you'll find in the store.
Sugar-free gum is an inexpensive and healthy option to give out on Halloween. Family Education noted that this candy is sweet and flavorful, but contains less sugar than candy bars and is better for oral health. Check your local warehouse or discount store for packs of gum, as you can usually find this treat on sale.
5. Organic products
If there's a health food store in your community, you can purchase all-natural or organic candy. These products will still contain sugar, but they're free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. There are lots of different varieties of organic candy available, including gummy snacks, chocolates and lollipops.
Skip the candy
Another option is to skip the candy altogether and hand out fun toys for the kids. You can pick up little knick knacks at a discount store that trick-or-treaters will love. Glow sticks, stickers, plastic spiders or temporary tattoos all make for great Halloween treats.