Family Time: Healthy Halloween Snacks

October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM EDT

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October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM EDT


It's no secret-kids love getting candy on Halloween, but if you'd like to give out healthier treats this year and still satisfy their sweet tooth, you do have options.
Dietitians suggest passing out kits so the kids can make their own caramel apples.

You can also try the same tactic with fruit, or a small bag of
pretzel sticks and a little dark chocolate.

For kids who don't have nut allergies, any dark chocolate mixed with cashews,
almonds or even unsalted peanuts is considered a healthier option.

The nuts are packed with healthy mono-unsaturated fats and the dark chocolate provides heart-healthy benefits.

You also can try pre-packaged bags of trail mix or dried fruit, and popcorn is high in antioxidants and fiber, so popcorn balls are a good option on Halloween.

"Popcorn is very low in calories, and it will take kids a lot of time to
actually eat it as opposed to a candy bar where they put it in their mouth and
it is over and done with within 20 seconds," says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dietitians say carrots in a factory-sealed snack pack are another option to try. With Family Time, I'm Joanna Pasceri.