Corey Colwell-Lipson shares her top ten green Halloween treats.

By peoplestaff225
Updated October 04, 2011 02:00 PM
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Who doesn’t love candy on Halloween?

But all those sugary eats aren’t exactly good for you.

This holiday, skip the candy aisle and opt for more healthy choices says Corey Colwell-Lipson, founder and director of Green Halloween and author of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family.

“[I know] how it is hard to find treats that are kid healthy,” shared the mom of two. “[And] most parents don’t have the time, inclination or money to seek out alternatives to conventional candy.”

For some great ideas, check out Colwell-Lipson’s top 10 treats that your little ones are guaranteed to love below.

Stretch Island Fruit Strips – These fruit snacks are all-natural and made from real fruit, so parents don’t have to worry about their kids consuming artificial and added sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. Each strip contains ½ serving of real fruit and is available in seven mouthwatering flavors!

Larabar Mini Bars – These bars are simply whole, real food made with fair trade chocolate, pure ingredients and are gluten free. With nearly 20 flavors ranging from Chocolate Chip Brownie to Peanut Butter Cookie, there’s a treat to satisfy every sweet tooth craving.

Honey Popcorn Balls – Just a handful of popcorn and a tad of honey, butter and vanilla extract creates a tasty and natural treat for kids! These simple-to-create snacks make for a fun activity for the kids and will deter them from added and artificial sweeteners.

Endangered Species “Bug Bites” – These Fair Trade chocolates are made with all-natural and organic ingredients, and contain a healthful dose of antioxidants. Plus, 10 percent of the proceeds are donated to species and habitat conservation efforts that benefit the environment!

FruitaBü Fruit Rolls – Kids can unroll the fun with these all-natural fruit snacks that contain no artificial sugars, flavors, colors or preservatives — just real fruit! Available in Strawberry, Grape and Apple, each treat equals one full serving of real fruit and is perfectly wholesome and delicious.

Honest Kids organic drink pouches – This line of organic, low-sugar, fruit-flavored thirst quenchers offer a great-tasting alternative to sugar-laden beverages. Available in five refreshing flavors, each pouch contains less than half the sugar of other pouch drinks!

Sun-Maid Raisins Mini Snacks – These treat-sized boxes are 100 percent natural and contain nothing but pure grapes. Plus, they’re naturally sweet, moist and flavorful!

Glee Gum Minis – This all-natural gum is a tasty treat that comes in Peppermint, Tangerine, Bubblegum and Triple Berry flavors, and is made with pure ingredients.

Dr. Sears Family Essentials Popumz – These 100 percent All-Natural popped whole grain crisps are packed with Omega-3s, protein and fiber power to fill up hungry kids. The delicious and nutritious crisps are available in Ranch, BBQ and Cheddar. Plus, each time a Dr. Sears Family Essentials product is purchased, Dr. Sears will donate a complete meal to a needy child through their Two Healthy Kids initiative.

Honey or Agave Nectar Sticks – These pure and natural sweeteners also make for a convenient treat! Just bite the sealed end, pop open and squeeze, and kids have an all-natural treat to satisfy their sweet tooth. (Note: do not give honey to kids under the age of 2).