Tips and tricks for making healthy Halloween treats

Don’t say no to treats; instead focus on healthier choices and portions
Updated: Oct. 3, 2018 at 12:45 PM CDT
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There’s nothing scarier than a giant bowl of Halloween candy when you’re trying to stay on a healthy track. However, there are ways to survive the scariest month of the year without being haunted by the guilt from all the gummies, gushers and gobstoppers.

“Halloween is one of those holidays that dietitians kind of cringe because there’s so much sugar but you can do it in a healthy way, in moderation,” said Savanna Latimer, Registered Dietitian for Ochsner’s Eat Fit BR.

Latimer shared her tricks for making healthy treats for Halloween parties on WAFB’s Get Fit Red Stick Facebook group.

“We’re not trying to take away candy from Halloween, we’re just trying to make it a little healthier,” she said.

The options she presented are still sweeter treats, but a healthier version of it.

Savanna Latimer with Ochsner's Eat Fit BR shares tips for healthy eating at Halloween parties
Savanna Latimer with Ochsner's Eat Fit BR shares tips for healthy eating at Halloween parties(Source: WAFB)


  • Annie’s Bunny Grahams (organic, whole grain graham cracker)
  • Boom Chicka Pop Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn (Non-GMO, whole grain, no high-fructose corn syrup, 0g trans fat)

Latimer also suggests thinking about something that’s not candy or food.

“Something else you can do is give out a little prize. It will last longer than the night of Halloween and you won’t be eating on it the next day,” she said.


  • Get creative with fruit
  • Use chocolate in moderation 

" I made kiwi monster pops. These are fun to create. It took about five-minutes. You just chop up some kiwi, melt some dark chocolate and add some little candy eyes."

KIWI MONSTERS: chop kiwi, put on popcycle sticks, sprinkle melted dark choclate
KIWI MONSTERS: chop kiwi, put on popcycle sticks, sprinkle melted dark choclate(Source: WAFB)

Latimer also stressed the importance of sticking to moderation when it comes to sharing candy with your kids.

“Help them decide exactly which ones they want. Pick five small pieces and have that during the week or just that night and then get rid of it,” said Latimer.

“Make sure they have a dinner before they go trick or treating and then just a few small pieces of their favorite candy that night.”

Latimer also recommends not keeping the candy around for too long.

RELATED: Eat Fit BR promotes healthy eating at restaurants

You can find more recipes and healthy eating tips from Savanna on the Eat Fit app.

Eat Fit is a nonprofit initiative of Ochsner Health System, designed to help the community live their healthiest, strongest lives possible.

“We work with restaurants to help highlight those healthy menu options. We take the guess work out of eating healthy.”

When you go to a restaurant, look for the Eat Fit orange seal of approval to know what dishes were analyzed by a dietitian.

“It’s healthy. It’s delicious and it’s going to keep your calories in check, your carbs in check, and it’s just going to taste better,” said Latimer.

The team of Eat Fit dietitians works closely with local restaurants, markets and other food service establishments to identify and develop dishes that meet the Eat Fit nutritional criteria. These items are identified directly on the menu with the Eat Fit seal of approval, making the healthy choice the easy choice when dining out.

CLICK HERE for a list of restaurants participating in the Eat Fit BR initiative.

Download the Eat Fit app to find recipes and shopping lists approved by Eat Fit dietitians. The app is free in the iTunes app store and Google play store.

With more than 100 unique partners in the New Orleans area, Eat Fit NOLA has expanded to Eat Fit Northshore, Eat Fit Bayou and Eat Fit BR, and now Eat Fit is expanding statewide in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana.

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