Halloween doesn't have to be scary for parents if you stick to a few simple rules: clean ingredients. No artificial stuff. Nutrient-rich where possible, without sacrificing taste or fun. And mindful of the impact on the planet.
That said, here are 4 green Halloween treats that I am loving this season, broken down by category depending what you're looking for. Have others you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear from you!
1) If You Crave: Classic Candy, but clean and green
Try This: Justin’s Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Cups
Why It’s a Green Treat:
If you are looking for a cleaner, greener version of a beloved candy, Justins’ your man. Justin's peanut butter cups
have 2 important third party certifications that give you the trust and transparency you want in your treat: USDA certified organic
ingredients, and Rainforest Alliance
Chocolate. Plus, that dark chocolate and real peanut butter may even give you a smidgen of health benefits while your tastebuds are going gaga.
2) If You Crave: Easy to Find, Affordable Organic Treat
Try This: YumEarth Lollipops
Why it’s a Green Treat:
I actually adore lollipops for Halloween, because they deliver a pop of color, taste and fun, but can have surprisingly modest sugar and calorie levels: One organic YumEarth pop has a scant 24 calories, just over 5 grams of sugar (a bit more than a teaspoon) and are colored with natural fruit, vegetable and root extracts instead of scary artificial stuff. And they satisfy all dietary walks of life: they are soy-dairy-peanut-gluten- free, vegan. They are also a great way to provide organic treats on a limited budget: no need to hit a pricey grocery store to stock up on YumEarth Organic
as you can find them at Walgreens nationwide.
3) If You Crave: Good For You, But Fun Too
Try This: POM Pistachios
Why it’s a Green Treat: According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the average American consumes about 25 pounds of candy a year-with a hefty bite of that coming from Halloween.
If you want to sidestep sugary treats all together it’s now easier than ever to do that but still feel fun, thanks to the mini-sized (1 oz.) pack of Wonderful Pistachios
. Instead of a long list of ingredients, there’s just a single, nutrient rich food inside that is plant based. And it comes in a fun “spooky” green and black package that will have kids feeling the Halloween love. And the nutritional creds are impressive: at just 80 calories you get loads of heart healthy fat, 3 grams protein and 2 grams fiber to keep your munchkins fueled with clean energy for all those Halloween activities. Bonus? Leftovers can power your child as a healthy, hearty snacks as long as they last.
4) If You Crave: Fitting in Fruits and Veggies
Try This: Organic Veggie Go's
Why it’s a Green Treat: Want to get a serving of fruits or veggies into your child’s Halloween haul-that is, one that they will actually eat? While we all know that handing out fresh fruit is a no no- (and for my kids, at least, dried fruits like raisins that they see in their lunch boxes feel suspiciously like mom trying to make Halloween healthy) -these organic fruit and veggie strips are super delicious and fun. Made with whole organic fruits and veggies-some of the most eco-friendly foods on the planet- and no added sugars-and with some fresh flavor combos (including Cinnamon Spiced Beet, Carrot Ginger Apple, and Mountain Berry Spinach)-the ingredient lists are super clean, and deliver an excellent source of antioxidants (such as beta carotene) and vitamin A. But my guess is that your little gobblins may be to busy gobbling them to notice.