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Published on October 24, 2016

Trick or Treat with Healthier Candy Alternatives

kids in halloween costumes

kids in halloween costumes - healthy candy alternativesIt’s almost the time when ghouls and goblins show up at your doorstep for the customary “trick or treat.” In just a few weeks, children and their parents will go door-to-door in neighborhoods across the country asking for treats, and usually receiving candy, in celebration of Halloween.

PIH Health physician Pooja Akotia DO encourages the community to think outside the box and skip the candy altogether. “This year, try to offer healthier items and help the kids avoid sugar overload,” said Dr. Akotia. “The obesity rate in this country and in LA County for that matter is at its highest—and we can all do our part to help reduce that as well as Type 2 diabetes on this day.”

If you plan to hand-out goodies on Halloween, here are a few healthier candy alternatives to consider.

Food Items

  • Sugar-free pudding
  • Apples or oranges
  • Individual-sized bags of peanuts, cashews or almonds
  • Mini pretzels
  • Raisins
  • A granola bar
  • 100-calorie individual popcorn bags
  • Small bottles of water
  • Sugar-free hot chocolate packets

Toys and School Supplies

  • Bubbles
  • Yo-yos
  • Glow sticks, necklaces or bracelets
  • Stickers
  • Mini slinkies
  • Mini Play-Doh
  • Erasers
  • Pencils
  • Mini coloring book and crayon(s)

If you must hand-out candy, you can also consider sugar-free candy as an option. A little candy will not do much harm to a healthy person, but why not be the household that gives something different? Happy Halloween!

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