9 surprisingly healthy Halloween treats

Put down that bowl of apples and step away from the front door. Having a healthy Halloween doesn’t mean you need to get branded the neighbourhood health nut. These nine treats are so tasty kids won’t even realize they’re being tricked into healthier eating

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Popchips (22.6 g)

With celebrity backers like Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry and Sean “Diddy” Combs, a lot of fuss has been made about this fluffy potato chip alternative. But unlike the celebrities who endorse them, these chips actually live up to the hype. Popchips are made by processing potato starch at high pressure and temperature – similar to the way rice cakes are made. The result? Each single-serving bag (22.6 grams) is just 100 calories. Popchips also contain no preservatives, trans fats, GMOs, fake colours or fake flavours. Try the terrifying Thai Sweet Chili or spooky Sea Salt & Vinegar.

Where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart

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fruit to go

Fruit-To-Go (14 g)

The name truly says it all. This scrumptious snack contains all the goodness of fruit crammed into a convenient, kid-friendly snack bar. Kids will think they’re eating junk food but their parents will know better. The best part? Each 14 gram bar is made from 100 per cent fruit, is just 50 calories and is loaded with fibre, potassium and Vitamin A. Allergy-sufferers should also take note: Fruit-To-Go bars are gluten-, nut- and dairy-free.

Where to buy: Grocery stores

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Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops

Most lollipops contain ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colouring. Not Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops. These surprisingly healthy candy snacks are sweetened with actual fruit extracts and get their colouring from foods — like red cabbage and purple carrots. These lollipops also take candies on a stick to the next level with creative flavours like Sour Apple Tart, Mango Tango and Wet-Face Watermelon.

Where to buy:
Staples or online at Yummy Earth

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Camino Dark Chocolate Minis (4.5 g)

Camino Dark Chocolate Minis (4.5 g)

Ah, chocolate. Sweet, decadent chocolate. The first treat every kid seeks out in their overflowing trick-or-treat bucket. Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without chocolate. Thankfully, these sophisticated mini dark chocolates from Camino are adult-approved and will satisfy any sugar-seeking child’s chocolate craving. These 4.5 gram bars are packed with ingredients like golden cane sugar and ground vanilla beans. They’re also certified organic and fairtrade.

Where to buy: Health food stores

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Nativa Organics Microwave Popping Corn

If you’re looking to stand out from the other houses on your block, toss an unpopped bag of Nativa Organics Microwave Popping Corn into an unsuspecting trick-or-treater’s bag. Parents will love it because it’s healthy: the only four ingredients are organic yellow popping corn, organic palm oil, organic butter flavour and salt. Kids will love getting the chance to make their very own snack in the microwave. Extra points if you include a suggestion for a kid-friendly spooky movie to pair with the snack.

Where to buy:
Shoppers Drug Mart

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Planters Dry Roasted Pistachios (49.6 grams)

Think of it as a buffer between junk food feasts. With shells that need to be cracked open and excavated, pistachios are one snack that promise to make kids work for every single bite. And after a weeklong sugarfest, what kid couldn’t use a bit of protein? These dry roasted pistachios have two simple ingredients: pistachios and salt. And that’s all they need.

Where to buy: Grocery stores

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Late July Organic Bite Size Sandwich Crackers (31.8 g)

Nothing says being a kid quite like tucking into a snack pack of bite-size cracker sandwiches. Except these sandwiches match novelty with true substance, cramming each bite with natural and mostly organic ingredients. Kids will have fun pulling apart these delectable cracker sandwiches and devouring the tasty (and healthy) filling — either peanut butter or cheddar cheese. Parents will wait for their chance to swoop in and sample the snack — and most likely finish it off — when no one’s looking.

Where to buy: Health food stores

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Miss Vickie’s Original Potato Chips (28 g)

Looking for a traditional style potato chip? Look no further than Miss Vickie’s kettle cooked potato chips. They’re salty, they’re crunchy and they’re everything a kid looks for in a potato chip. Even better? They have no trans fats, no MSG and no artificial flavours or colours. These classic chips have just three ingredients: potatoes, vegetable oil and sea salt.

Where to buy:
Grocery stores

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Kiju Organic Juice Boxes (200 mL)

Kiju Organic Juice Boxes (200 mL)

After all that sweet candy and salty snacks, kids are going to want to wash it down with some refreshing, organic juice. While they are plenty sweet, Kiju Organic 100% juices, thankfully, have no added sugar. Flavours range from the typical (apple) to the more adventurous (pomegranate cherry).

Where to buy: Grocery stores, health food stores

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