3 Nutritionist-Approved Halloween Treats

By Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN

Many of us who are trying to eat well find Halloween to be as haunted as that house on the hill.

Everyone uses different techniques to avoid downing an entire bag of miniature Halloween treats in one sitting, or stealing their kids’ bounty of sugary deliciousness.

But, as admirable as it may seem to Paleo-diet your way through Halloween, it’s a rather harsh bend in tradition. Plus, we want to make sure you celebrate October 31 by bringing out your inner child and having fun without feeling deprived. There is no reason to white knuckle your way through any holiday, and All Hallow’s Eve is no exception. 

A Nutritionist’s Top 3 Recommendations for Halloween Treats

For the Chocoholics

We feel you if you are all about the chocolate. Let’s be honest, when you’re digging through your kid’s loot, you’ll find a lot of Hershey’s. Look at the ingredient list—it’s not as hauntingly corrupt under the wrapper as you may think.

Yes, there’s sugar and sunflower oil in most of the choco-treats, but your body will forgive you for a momentary deviation from your usual clean eats. Have two miniatures (85 calories, 5 grams fat). A few (three) Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds are also a good choice (70 calories, 5 grams fat).

If you aren’t digging through the old school pillowcase (or you want something for you when your kids start digging through their pillowcases), I recommend snack-sized Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups (75 calories, 5 grams fat) or one of the many “cleaner” dark chocolate treats on shelves made with coconut butter. I’m loving Nutiva O’Coconut. They are super delish, and a very good choice for when you really want to have a conscious indulgence.

For the Sugar Daddies and Mamas

If you’re the type that can’t get enough of gummy, sweet, sticky yumminess, and go for the Dots, Smarties, gummy bears, Mike & Ike, and Twizzlers, don’t be fooled by the fat-free sales pitch on the packaging. Sugar is pretty much the devil (on Halloween and on all other days, too), so be fully aware that you are confronting it straight on every time you pop these babies down the hatch.

All that sugar turns into fat in your body, so if you really want to indulge in this type of sweet, do it consciously (pay attention and enjoy it!), in a portion-controlled manner (don’t go bonkers!), and then move on from there back to your healthy eating (salad, anyone?).

P.S. There are indeed some healthier organic candy brands out there that might ditch the artificial coloring, but it’s still all sugar, so don’t be tricked.

For the Sweeties

If you like a little sweet but prefer real food, (high five!) I have some ideas for you. Caramel apples seem like such a good idea, until you realize you’re in over your head at the first messy and unwieldy bite. Try Delicate Poached Pears, which are made in a crockpot (big score for being easy!). Popcorn is also a great Halloween treat that can be made into a festive and perfectly indulgent trail mix with a few peanuts, some dried apricots, and a sprinkle of the junk, such as candy corn or black and orange M&M’s.

Of course, if you decide to forgo my approved treats, you should still have some Halloween fun. No matter how you plan to celebrate, be mindful, enjoy the tricks and treats of the day, and then put the whole holiday behind you. Get back to living your healthy diet and Nutritious Life right away!

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About Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN
Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, is a renowned celebrity nutritionist, healthy cooking expert, and wellness thought-leader. She is the founder and CEO of Nutritious Life and The Nutritious Life Studio, an online certification that provides unparalleled, forward-thinking education to individuals of various backgrounds looking to establish successful careers in the health and wellness industry.

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