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‘Healthy’ Candy to Pass-out on Halloween

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Arguably the most enjoyable holiday for both adults and kids, Halloween will soon be upon us. That means fun gatherings, great costumes, and lots and lots of candy. While Halloween candy’s great for satisfying the sometimes insatiable sweet-tooth that so many kids have, it can sometimes be not so great for their teeth or overall health. If you’re planning on greeting trick-or-treaters at the door this year, but want to stay mindful of their health, here’s a list of the at least slightly more healthy options available.

Chocolate with nuts or peanut butter.

Although they’re far from sugar-free, candies with peanut butter or nuts in them contain protein that makes children feel full faster, meaning they gorge less. While Reese’s and Snickers are popular ones, Baby Ruth, Pay Day, Almond Joy and others have the nut content, which is good as long as the children aren’t allergic. Peanut M&M’s also have the same advantage, and the “fun-size” package regulates intake.

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Since dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, it’s considered a healthier option to milk chocolate. It also has a lower sugar and carb content, and is more filling than the milk chocolate bar of the same size. One bar should satisfy a child for a while.

Chocolate Covered Raisins

Of course, it would be nice if the kids ate raisins without the candy covering, but chocolate or yogurt-covered raisins give them a sweet treat mixed with fruit. Dark chocolate-covered raisins or craisins are even better.

The Phoenix area and Arizona in general provides a great climate for Halloween festivities thanks to the moderate weather. If you have a little one you’re taking out trick-or-treating this year, be sure to stay safe. For extra tips on having a safe and fun holiday, go to http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/.

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