Trick or treat? When it comes time for Halloween candies and treats to grace food aisles, kitchen pantries, and party platters, we know you want to indulge. If you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, though, you might think you’ve got to completely give up on seasonal treats altogether to lose weight or maintain a healthy body. Thankfully, you can find tasty goodies that will make your sweet tooth happy without making the rest of your body miserable.
What are the worst Halloween treats—the ones to avoid? Take a walk down any seasonal aisle this time of year; the culprits are not hard to find. The worst candies and treats are rich in simple carbohydrates that are digested quickly and may provide quick energy, but they’re also highly processed, or stripped of many nutrients and vitamins. The result is you get a lot of extra calories with no energy or nutrients to show for it.
The recipes and ideas below use healthy ingredients, like fruits, nuts, and, yes, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. They also incorporate natural sweeteners in properly-sized portions. Since these Halloween treats are homemade, you may not be able to hand them out to trick-or-treaters, but they do make a smart choice for serving at get-togethers, parties, or meetings (like church functions or book clubs).
7 Low-Calorie Treats:
The next time you have that insatiable craving for chocolate, take a little time to make our decadent yet guilt-free Slow Cooker Fudge. Made with dark chocolate and coconut milk, Slow Cooker Fudge is as nutritious as it is delicious.
Use the oven or a food dehydrator to whip up these healthy treats. How healthy? Five strips equal just 12 calories—you’ll actually burn more calories eating them, which makes these peppers an (almost) zero calorie food. The rich seasonal color combined with their nutrient value makes them one of the best Halloween candies for your health.
Strawberries are an anytime treat, able to dress up Halloween party platters. The dark chocolate coating gives it a sweet superfood touch. Two strawberry treats offer about 139 calories. Serve them in black or Halloween-themed mini cupcake/muffin wrappers.
4. Quinoa Chocolate Drops
A delicious treat made with four amazing superfoods. Go ahead and indulge!