Halloween is the unofficial start of the holiday season. But, from being pushed with everything from those fun size (and regular sized) candy bars to Pumpkin Spice Lattes (and pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie), the challenge of trying to eat healthy can be more terrifying than a haunted house. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are healthy alternatives to all of your favorite seasonal snacks. And we’re not tricking you; all of these options are delicious treats.
1. Bare Apple Chips
Who doesn’t love chips? Everyone likes to dig their hands in a bag and crunch, crunch, crunch. Who doesn’t love candy apples? Bare has combined these two favorites into one healthy alternative. Bare’s Apple Chips are the perfect snack for fall and available in noteworthy flavors like Cinnamon and Sea Salt Caramel (apple chips dipped in caramel sprinkled with tasty sea salt). Available in all-natural and organic versions, these chips help you get your sweet and crunchy fix all at once, but they are non-GMO, gluten free, fat free, and have no refined sugar or preservatives. It’s almost witching!
2. Alter Eco Salted Caramel Truffles
Alter Eco’s Salted Caramel Truffles are way more fun than anything labeled fun size. These organic truffles are made of just eight non-gmo ingredients you don’t need to Google to know how to pronounce including cane sugar, cacao beans (at least 58% cacao), cocoa butter, coconut oil, whole milk, natural flavors, sea salt (fleur de sel), and vanilla beans. And you can indulge guilt-free they are gluten-free, fair trade and have a compostable wrapper.
3. Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chip Cookies
Enjoy Life has found a way for you to enjoy life better with their healthy chocolate chip cookies. Their Two-Packs make portion control easier because we all know what happens when we open up a sleeve of regular cookies. If you have food allergies, these cookies are your dream because they do not contain the top eight food allergens and are non-GMO and gluten free.
4. EXO Cricket Bars
You want to know how to scare people this Halloween? Eat bugs! Crickets specifically. Before you get freaked out, you should know that approximately 80% of the world eats crickets. Yep, you’re probably late to the game here. You should also know that eating crickets is actually healthier than eating meat. So how do you actually eat crickets without going to your backyard and harvesting those little things yourself? Just eat an Exo Bar. Paleo-friendly, full of essential amino acids, and containing more than twice the amount of iron in spinach, it might be the perfect healthy snack. And with so many delicious flavors to choose from including Cocoa Nut, Blueberry & Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon, and Peanut Butter & Jelly, it’s impossible to not to bug out over them.
5. Trader Joe’s Just A Handful of Almonds, Cashews And Chocolate
Remember when you were Trick or Treating as a kid and you got those little packets of chocolate? Trader Joe’s Just A Handful of Almonds, Cashews And Chocolate is the grown up, healthy version of that. The semi-sweet chocolate chunks combined with delicious nuts are just the right mix of savory and sweet. And you can take them with you anywhere.
6. Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Those Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes are nearly 400 calories and contain 50 grams of sugar. That’s scarier than most horror movies! But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your pumpkin spice fix on. Just brew a pot of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Pumpkin Spice coffee. Then top it off with steamed milk or even better, steamed almond milk. Add Stevia or Agave instead of sugar and welcome yourself to pumpkin spice paradise.