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Healthy Halloween Treats & Fall Recipes

This year, gauzy webs, foam gravestones, and supersized spiders descended on my house before the calendar flipped to October. It was part promise, which I’d made to my 7-year-old son for good behavior, and part pragmatism, as it gave me a leg up on decorating for our upcoming costume party. 

When you have young children, being prepared can make or break your daily groove. Food planning is especially important come fall. Halloween marks three months of holidays leading up to dietary disaster—if you’re not careful, that is. 

Spooky Sugar Facts

Consumer website published this infographic on Halloween consumption in the United States. While the images are festive, the findings are straight out of a haunted house—scary. Made using various government and nonprofit sources, the infographic states that the average trick-or-treater consumes about 3 cups of sugar, the equivalent of 220 sugar packets. 

While you don’t want to be a drill sergeant who forbids candy at Halloween, you also don’t want your child ingesting 7,000 calories of sugar in a day. How do you make it work? By focusing on healthy Halloween treats and habits to put into play during the weeks leading up to and after October 30th. Read on to find out how to avoid being tricked by Halloween treats!

Healthy Halloween Snacks  

Apple slices with nut butter and almond sliver “fangs.” A healthy classic updated for an even healthier punch. Make sure to buy nut butter with no added sugar. Spread nut butter on two apple slices and arrange one on top of the other. Place almond slivers on the top and bottom slices like Dracula fangs. You could also use a few organic white chocolate chips in place of the almonds for a slight indulgence. 

Energy Bites 

This article on limiting sugar for Halloween suggests acquiring a taste for the natural variety. Keep in mind that natural options like honey and maple syrup still contain sugar, so don’t go overboard. Try this seasonally appropriate recipe using Complete by Juice Plus + French Vanilla shake mix.  

  • Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
  • 1 ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 ½ tsp. pumpkin spice
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup nut butter
  • 2 scoops French Vanilla Complete

Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until well incorporated. Roll into balls and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator so balls won’t lose their form. 

Don’t Hate, Moderate!

The takeaway for this month is happy medium. The candy will always be there, and it’s okay for your family to enjoy it. The key is to maintain a healthy outlook with good daily habits: eat clean foods, stay active, and practice moderation. There’s never a bad time of year to take care of your health!

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