Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels from Healthy Treats Kids Actually Want in Their Trick-or-Treat Bag

Healthy Treats Kids Actually Want in Their Trick-or-Treat Bag

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Sneak some healthy goodies into kids’ trick-or-treat bags with these delicious options
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Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels

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Dark chocolate generally has less sugar and fat than milk chocolate. Try dipping whole-wheat pretzels in dark chocolate for a sweet and salty snack.

Whole-Wheat Crackers

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It’s easy to make crackers from scratch. Try making whole-wheat crackers cut into spooky shapes with cookie cutters for a snack kids will love. Need a cracker recipe? Click here.
 

Chocolate-Covered Fruit

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Small round fruits like figs or strawberries make very spooky (and fiber-rich) chocolate-covered treats. Dip figs in white chocolate that’s been tinted orange and then pipe lines on them so that they resemble pumpkins. Or, dip strawberries into white chocolate, place them upside-down, and pipe two black dots for eyes and you’ll have instant ghosts. Small apples and pears work as well.

Healthier Cereal Bars

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Kids love Rice Krispie treats; try mixing a wholesome whole-grain cereal with melted marshmallows for a healthier cereal bar. If you press the cereal bar and marshmallow mixture onto a cookie sheet while it’s still warm, you can even cut the cereal bars into scary shapes using cookie cutters.

 

Trail Mix

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Mixing heart-healthy nuts with dark chocolate chips and dried fruit makes a delicious and healthy snack for kids. Tie a small amount of trail mix up in orange cellophane and secure it tightly with a green curly ribbon; the packages will look like little pumpkins and kids won’t be able to open them until they’re home and with an adult.

 

Fruity Cookies

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Who says cookies have to be unhealthy? Try making a whole-wheat variety, replacing some of the fat with applesauce, and loading them up with dried fruit. Packed in Halloween-printed resalable bags, these cookies make the prefect treat. Click here for healthier cookie recipes.

Mummified Apples

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Apples are loaded with vitamins and fiber. Encourage kids to eat more apples by wrapping them in white ribbon so that they resemble mummies. You can even draw or glue eyes to the ribbon. 

Popcorn Balls

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Popcorn is a whole grain that kids love. Since popcorn balls can be loaded with sugar, try making them smaller in size or consider binding the popcorn with a mixture of unsweetened nut butter and honey (as opposed to caramel). Click here for our recipe.