By Esther Blum, Integrative Dietitian and Lifestyle Coach
If you’re trying to get your family to eat healthy, navigating through Halloween can be a huge challenge. The thought of our kids eating all that sugar can knock everyone off kilter! While candy may never qualify as “healthy” and should always be consumed in small amounts and from natural sources, Halloween is a good opportunity to teach your kids how to understand food labels. As they sort through that big pile of goodies, you can help them understand which ingredients to look for as well as which to avoid for their own health as well as the health of our planet.
Here are 10 healthy Halloween Candy Options (some are also gluten-free):
- Unreal Candy: All of its chocolate is certified by Fair Trade USA. Natural ingredients such as beetroot, carrot and red cabbage juices are used to color the candy coatings.
- CLIF ZKIDS Bars/Brownies and/or Organic Fruit Ropes: These are USDA Certified Organic and contain no artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives.
- YumEarth Lollipops: I like these because they are USDA Certified Organic and available in reusable or resealable packaging.
- Endangered Species Bug Bites: These individually wrapped chocolate squares are made with ethically traded cacao. A percentage of the profits are donated to support conservation efforts.
- GoOrganic Fruit Chews: These are Non-GMO Project Verified and USDA Certified Organic. The chews are made with Fair Trade-Certified sugar, and the bulk candy comes in home-compostable, cellophane bags.
- Glee Gum Pops: Non-GMO Project verified, Glee Gum is one of the few North American gums still made with chicle, a tree sap harvested sustainably. The company partners with a nonprofit group to plant trees, revitalizing degraded lands.
- Surf Sweets Fruity Bears: Available in Halloween treat packs of 20, they are USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project verified. They are also free of the 10 most-common allergens.
- Dagoba Assorted Gems: In addition to being USDA Certified Organic, these chocolates are made with cacao from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.
- Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: These are made with organic, fair trade chocolate and locally sourced ingredients. The company donates part of its proceeds to worldwide hunger relief and poverty relief.
- Nib Mor Chocolate: This company’s products are organic and non-GMO. Considering handing out the hot chocolate packets as well as the bite-sized treats.
About the author: Esther Blum, MS, RD, CDN, CNS, is an Integrative Dietitian and bestselling author of Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat; Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous; Secrets of Gorgeous; and The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project. She currently maintains a busy private practice in Connecticut where she prescribes whole food diet therapy and supplement protocols to heal and reverse chronic illness.
Esther received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and is a graduate of New York University, where she received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Esther is credentialed as a registered dietitian, a certified dietitian nutritionist and a certified nutrition specialist. She is also a member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Nutritionists in Complementary Care, and the Connecticut Dietetic Association.