Halloween should be a scream. But the amount of sugar in your stash doesn’t need to be frightening. Did you know the average trick-or-treater consumes three cups of sugar on Halloween? Candy is a wonderful treat in moderation, but the trouble is, three cups of sugar doesn’t really count as moderation!
Considering the national epidemic of diabetes, substituting candy for more nutritious treats is a pretty smart idea. Here are some of our ideas for candy alternatives that will still make little trick-or-treaters smile when they empty their loot all over their table. The best part? You can shop eCart to order all these items online. A personal shopper will carefully hand pick your items. When you arrive at the store, send a text and your goodies will be brought out to you curbside. Right now, Raley’s is offering no fee for your first three eCart orders, if you haven’t tried it yet.
Yum Earth Organic Tropical Fruit Snacks are gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, and vegan. Playful Pineapple, Razzmatazz Berry, and Mango Tango fruit snack packs. Made sweet with organic rice syrup and organic cane sugar, and colored with natural colors from organic carrots, pumpkins, black currants, and apples, they’re also better for the earth. The Yum Earth factory is powered 100% by wind-generated electrical energy. Plus, they’re on sale through October 26! Talk about a feel-good find!
Stash Honey Sticks are sippable tubes of natural clover honey made by a company that’s known for its line of fine teas. They can be used to sweeten a drink, or as a standalone lip-smacking snack. Honey, although a sweetener, is also an antioxidant powerhouse, used as a natural health remedy for thousands of years.
Stretch Island Fruit Strips come in Summer Strawberry, Ripened Raspberry, Orchard Cherry, and Abundant Apricot. Each flavor is Kosher, and some flavors are also minimally processed, nutrient dense, gluten-free, and non-GMO. They’re so yummy, kids won’t even realize they’re healthifying their Halloween!
Raley’s Organic Applesauce with Cinnamon Pouches are minimally processed, non-GMO, no sugar added, gluten-free, organic, and kosher. Great for lunchboxes, they upgrade trick-or-treat stashes, too.