To be honest, if my son wasn’t allergic to wheat, dairy, and egg, I’d probably be loading up the shopping cart this weekend with the usual unhealthy Halloween goodies. His allergies have forced me to look for other healthier options, and I’m very thankful for that. I’ll admit that in the past, I’ve read the ingredients on the side of a box and caught my eyes glazing over. You know the kind–a paragraph-long and full of words you can’t pronounce. Words that disguise what the products actually are: full of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), chemicals, preservatives, and artificial colors. Luckily, there are many healthier options out there both for children with food allergies and those wanting to avoid the scarier ingredients.
So here are Aiden’s top three Halloween treats, which are mommy-approved because they’re healthier alternatives and can be bought in bulk at Costco. One-stop shopping. Sweet!
- Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. This is organic peanut butter wrapped in organic, fair trade dark chocolate. It doesn’t get much better than this. This is hands-down my favorite food find of 2013! *Please exercise caution in offering this as a Halloween treat as peanuts can cause severe reactions in allergic children.*
- Tasty Brand Spooky Organic Fruit Snacks. The ingredients are almost identical to Annie’s Fruit Snacks (Variety Pack), but in Aiden’s eyes far superior because they’re spooky.
- GoGo Squeez Organic Applesauce Pouches. Because I’ve never met a kid who didn’t like applesauce, especially when it’s in a convenient pouch.
- On a Halloween budget? Get creative and stand out. Pencils, erasers, crayons, fake teeth, and glow sticks (yay, safety!) are some good alternatives as well.
- Consider trading out a portion of the year’s Halloween loot for a toy or experience, like going to the movies. That way you can weed out some of the unhealthier treats.
- If you don’t want the kids coming back next year, hand out organic broccoli. Tee hee!