All treats and no tricks: That sums up this Happy Halloween blog! Whether you’re eager to host a party or find the healthiest and tastiest treats for the little witches and warlocks who will be ringing your doorbell this year, we’ve got the dish on what to serve and what to avoid for health and happiness!
If you’re hosting a Halloween party:
- Go green. Use real plates, not paper plates, and choose recycled paper napkins from Seventh Generation
- Hydrate happily. Serve an assortment of healthy beverages. Since it might be cold, offer hot as well as cold, such as seasonal pumpkin spice tea from Gypsy Tea. And for cold beverages, try no-sugar-added Zevia soda that’s also free of artificial sweeteners, such as Dr. Zevia. Plus: Coconut water is oh-so-chic, and we love Harvest Bay All Natural Coconut Water.
- Go crunchy. Got chips? Vitacost does, from R. W. Garcia Flaxseed Chips to Xochitl Organic White Corn Chips.
- Sweeten the offerings with assorted cookies. Make sure that some are gluten-free, such as Pamela’s Products Gluten-Free and Wheat-Free Chocolate Chunk cookies. And also make sure that some are sugar-free, such as Fifty 50 Sugar-Free Vanilla Wafers.
- Fix a plate of assorted fresh vegetables and dip. Top with fancy olives, such as Milas Organic Garlic Stuffed Olives. And offer assorted dips, from traditional ones made with sour cream to zero-calorie such as Walden Farms Ranch Veggie Dip.
For those little goblins and ghosts, be ready when they yell “trick or treat” with treats like these:
- Get a bin of Yummy Earth Lollipops to make it easy.
- Go gluten-free with individually packaged Yummy Earth YumEarthâ„¢ Naturals Sour Beans Jelly Beans and
- Gummy bears seem to be a universal favorite among kids. Go for Surf Sweets Sour Berry Gummy Bear Snack Packs.
- You’ll have parents smiling with approval when you offer Kind Healthy Mini Bars.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.