Halloween is quickly approaching, so we’re using today’s Fabulous Finds to jump-start our way into a happier and healthier holiday season. Of course, Halloween means candy and tons of it. If you want to steer clear of the sugar- and fat-filled candy bombs this year, how about trying out some healthier options.
Vitalicious Vitatops: I first came across Vitalicious products many years ago at the American Dietetic Association annual meeting product showplace and was hooked! I mean, 100 calories and 8 grams of fiber in a muffin top that tastes too decadent to be good for you! Who can pass that up? There’s a wide range of flavors, from Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip to Apple Crumb to Banana Nut, and many more in-between. Available at select stores and online. www.vitalicious.com
Popchips: Salty and crunchy and not fried! My favorite flavor is the barbeque, which is perfect for Halloween (orange-colored). There’s also salt & vinegar, cheddar, sour cream & onion, parmesan, and salt & pepper. Available in a variety of package sizes, including single-serving bags (online only) and select stores in a limited number of states. Check out their website for more information and ordering. www.popchips.com
Glenny’s Organic Marshmallow Treats: Who doesn’t love rice crispy treats? How about a healthier version of it, made with brown rice crisps. Gluten-free, 100% vegan, organic, no hydrogenated oils, and certified Kosher. They come in a variety of flavors, including Chocolate, Vanilla, Peanut Caramel, and Raspberry Jubilee. Available in select stores and online at www.glennys.com
Stretch Island Fruit Leathers: Real fruit, no added sugars, and 1/2 a serving of fruit in each sticky, yummy fruit leather. My kids love getting these in their lunch and are so easy to take with you for a snack on the go. With flavors like, Mango Sunrise, Abundant Apricot, Strawberry, Orchard Cherry, Autumn Apple, Harvest Grape, Ripened Raspberry, and Summer Strawberry, and only 45 calories, there’s a flavor to please just about everyone. Also check out their Fruitabu Smoooshed Fruit Rolls made with fruit puree and has only 80 calories. Available in most markets and online at www.stretchislandfruit.com
Z Bars: Made by the company that brings you Clif Bars, this kid-friendly (and adult, too) bar is made with whole grains, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and no preservatives. With 120-140 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 10-11 grams of sugar, you can pick your favorite flavor and not feel any guilt. Chocolate Brownie, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Honey Graham, and Peanut Butter, and just in time for Halloween, Spooky S’mores. I love heating them in the microwave for 20 seconds, which makes the brownie flavor taste like brownies fresh from the oven. YUM! Available in many stores and online at www.clifbar.com