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Choose Sliced Apples and Dip for a Healthier You!

August 7th, 2019 · No Comments

The old proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has more truth to it than one might think! Not only are apples tasty, refreshing, and fun, but consuming apples has many health benefits as well. Stop at your local retailer and pick up apple slices and dip from Dippin’ Stix for a fun, refreshing, and healthy snack.

 

Filled with antioxidants and dietary fiber, apples help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Other benefits include:

 

  • Neurological health. An article in the Journal of Food Science in 2008 argued that eating apples may benefit your neurological health and help to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Stroke prevention. Studies in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2000 suggest that the intake of apples reduces the risk of thrombotic stroke.
  • Cholesterol control. The antioxidants and dietary fiber in apples help to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Obesity management. Apples have a positive effect on good gut bacteria and, therefore, can help to prevent obesity.
  • Apples contain very little fat, sodium, or cholesterol, and are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Basically, you can’t go wrong with a fresh, crisp apple!

 

If you’re looking to boost your nutritional intake, eat healthy, and lose weight, an apple a day will help keep the doctor away. Dippin’ Stix snacks of apple slices and dip can be found at your local retailer. Our products are an award-winning fresh snack solution that anyone, at any age, can enjoy. The single-serve fruit and dip and vegetable and dip snacks appeal to both parents and kids alike with excellent quality and superior taste.

 

Take a step toward reducing the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer as well as decreasing cholesterol and obesity by eating an apple a day. Check out Dippin’ Stix apple slices and dip snacks today to help achieve a healthier you!

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Ease Your Struggles of Healthy Snacks during the Heat of the Summer Months with Snacks from Dippin’ Stix

July 12th, 2019 · No Comments

In the heat of the summer when you are struggling to stay cool, avoid sunburns, and keep your kids occupied with minimal screen time, it’s sometimes difficult to think of fun and healthy snacks. Dippin’ Stix snacks of apples and carrots with premium dips can help ease the daily struggle to provide healthy food.

 

Apples are an all-around go-to snack that will never let you or your kids down. They are nutritious, easy to prepare, and fun. Need a few ideas to make the presentation of apples intriguing and keep those little bodies healthy? Try these fun apple recipes.

 

  1. Apple sandwich. Core and slice an apple, and then add peanut butter, raisins, or cheese and top with another apple slice for the perfect sandwich that is fun to eat.
  2. Applesauce muffins. Mix up a batch of muffins and add applesauce or cooked apples for a delicious treat.
  3. Spiral apples. What could be more fun than an apple cut like a spiral Slinky? Let the kids dangle the apple spiral before devouring it.
  4. Apple animals. Be creative with the cutting, slicing, and presentation of an apple snack. Cut an apple to look like a turtle. The eyes could be two marshmallows and a chocolate chip. How about a penguin? Cut a heart shape in the apple and use this piece to make wings for a penguin. Baby carrots can be carved and shaped into feet and a beak, and a raisin or chocolate chip can be used for the eyes.
  5. Apple dips. Who can resist a tasty apple dip such as caramel, yogurt, or cream cheese? Or you can roll apple slices in crushed graham crackers for a crisp and sweet taste.
  6. Apple cookies. We’re not talking about a cookie loaded with sugar. Slice an apple into a round piece and top with peanut butter, chocolate chips, nuts or a bit of caramel, and you have a snack very similar to a cookie that is sure to please the palate.
  7. Apple nachos. Who says nachos need to be made with meat and cheese? Try slicing an apple and topping with caramel, granola, oatmeal, chocolate chips, yogurt, or a bit of frosting for a whole different sort of nacho that is healthy and fun.
  8. Apple salad. Cut an apple into pieces and mix with yogurt and other fruits for a light and refreshing salad. You sure can’t go wrong with a recipe as simple and delicious as this one.

 

If you are looking for creative ideas to keep your kids as well as yourself, eating healthy snacks during the hot summer month of July, look no farther than Dippin’ Stix apple snacks. Our snacks are prepackaged in single or family packs for quick and easy access and preparation. Be creative and let your ideas flow. Dippin’ Stix snacks can be found at your local retailer. Check them out today and ease your struggles of healthy snacks during the heat of the summer months.

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Do Not Let Academics and Healthy Eating Habits of Your Children Suffer this Summer with Healthy Snacks from Dippin’ Stix

June 4th, 2019 · No Comments

When summer rolls around and the kids are out of school, it’s time for everyone to kick back and relax, right? Sleep late, put the books to the back of the closet, and have free reign of the snacks in the refrigerator, freezer, and cupboard.

 

Wrong! Studies show that students who stash away the books over the summer months lose up to one month of school year learning (study by David M. Quinn and Morgan Polikoff). The same goes with snacks and unhealthy eating. Don’t let summer become a season of unhealthy eating habits. Instead, invest in fun and healthy snacks from Dippin’ Stix.

You’ve invested a lot of time, effort, love, and money into making your kids a success, and that’s not just academically successful. You work hard to prepare healthy and balanced meals, pack nutritious lunches, and try to be creative with fun and healthy snacks during the school year. Don’t allow unhealthy eating habits just because it’s summer.

Follow a few simple tips to keep on track with studies and healthy eating this summer:

 

  1. Go for nutrition by following the food pyramid with enough servings of fruits, vegetables, protein, and grains.
  2. Understandably, the summer months are busy with sports, work, camps, and daycare. However, not all convenience foods are filled with sodium, fat, and calories. Foods such as apples and baby carrots with dips are fun, convenient, healthy, and nutritious.
  3. With a little bit of time and creativity, those brown bag lunches and snacks can be healthy and fun. If your family is young, make animal shapes or flowers out of their sandwich, fruits, or vegetables. Who could turn that down?
  4. Read and review. Who doesn’t want a break from the studies over the summer months? However, taking a few minutes each day to read with your child and review those math problems can keep them up-to-date with their academics so they aren’t so far behind when school starts again in the fall. If you’re traveling, take along some books to read in the car, have them read road signs, and add up the cost of items purchased in the store or restaurant to keep their reading and math skills sharp.

 

This summer, don’t let your child’s academic progress and healthy eating habits suffer. Take a few minutes each day to work with your child by reading, writing, and reviewing math calculations. Additionally, work with them to continue and achieve healthy eating habits.

 

Dippin’ Stix can help with sliced apples and dip and crisp baby carrots and dip. These snacks are not only affordable, nutritious, and healthy—they’re also fun with individual or family size packaging. What’s even better, Dippin’ Stix snacks are also available in vending machines for convenience. Check out the healthy snack options available from Dippin’ Stix today at a retailer near you, and don’t let your child’s academic progress and healthy eating suffer this summer!

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Incorporate Healthy Foods and Snacks into Your Memorial Day Weekend Barbecue Menu with Snacks from Dippin’ Stix

May 15th, 2019 · No Comments

April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring more time outdoors, camping, family get-togethers, and picnics. May also brings Memorial Day, a time when many family and friends gather to honor those who gave their life serving our country and fighting for our freedom and way of life. This Memorial Day, when you gather with family and friends, take along not only a heart of gratitude, but also healthy snacks from Dippin’ Stix for your cookouts.

 

Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting, seems to be the start of barbecuing outdoors, gathering with family and friends, and taking in the savory flavors of food on the grill. Incorporate healthy foods and snacks into your summer barbecue menu and have fun doing it.

  1. Warmer temperatures. Let’s face it, in some of the mid-western states, the winter and spring season can be pretty chilly. When Memorial Day rolls around, typically temperatures are rising, making it the perfect opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, and time outdoors.
  2. Fun food. Picnics are a time for fun foods such as kabobs, watermelon, and fresh vegetables. Additionally, having picnic tableware such as a red checkered tablecloth, a picnic basket, and coolers, makes the event even more festive and fun.
  3. Grab-and-go food. Finger foods and munchies such as fruit kabobs, low-fat cheese trays, and crackers and dips are always popular and easy to grab and go, especially for any younger children in attendance. Portable snack packs such as snacks from Dippin’ Stix are convenient and easy with no preparation needed.
  4. Fruits, vegetables, and dips. There’s no easier way to incorporate healthy foods and snacks into your summer barbecue menu than fruits, vegetables, and dips. They are not only easy, but popular too. Make your fruit and vegetable trays appealing and fun, and they are sure to be a hit.
  5. Sparkling fruit water. Instead of loading up your guests with soda and sweetened drinks, consider sparkling water with fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges, or lemons. What a healthy and fun alternative to soda and sweetened juice drinks.

 

When you are preparing for your upcoming Memorial Day weekend get-together with family and friends, incorporate healthy snacks and foods, particularly fruits and vegetables into your summer barbecue menu with apples and caramel, yogurt, peanut butter, chocolate, or caramel fruit dips, and fresh, crisp baby carrots with premium ranch dip from Dippin’ Stix. Find Dippin’ Stix at your local retailer and enjoy healthy eating this Memorial Day weekend.

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Be a Role Model to Your Children and Make Your Eating Habits Healthy with Nutritious Snacks from Dippin’ Stix

March 9th, 2019 · No Comments

When you’re a parent, you always do your best to make sure your kids are healthy by ensuring they get enough rest, receive their immunizations, and have their well-child visits with their pediatrician. But have you ever thought about the food and snacks that they eat, and how they may or may not benefit from them in the future? Healthy snacks for kids can be found at Dippin’ Stix.

 

While you may encourage proper portion sizes, the five food groups, and staying away from sweet treats, these strategies may not be enough. In a nation with an obesity epidemic, it takes a lot to watch portion sizes, stay active, and eat the proper foods and snacks. Consider the following to avoid weight issues later in life:

 

  1. Eat small portions several times per day. Eating smaller portions 5-6 times per day is better than eating 2-3 larger meals throughout the day.
  2. Be a good role model. You’ve heard of the adage “Monkey see, monkey do.” Your kids watch and listen to everything you do and say. Be a role model and stick with fresh fruits and vegetables rather than chips and sweet treats. Try carrots and dip, celery with peanut butter, or apples with yogurt or caramel.
  3. Encourage physical activity. Be active with your kids and exercise every day in some way. Go for a walk, play tag football in the backyard, throw a Frisbee, or dance. Whatever you choose to do, get your kids moving and doing something you both enjoy.
  4. Eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Focus on healthy foods such as fruits, oatmeal, and whole grain cereal. Eating breakfast also helps with concentration to focus at school.
  5. Limit juice, soda, and other sugar-filled drinks. Even though diet sodas are free of sugar, there are other additives that are not healthy. Juices and other drinks contain large amounts of sugar as well.
  6. Eat meals on a schedule. Do your best to eat meals at the same time every day. It may be hard with sports, school, and work, but having a schedule helps with healthy eating.

 

Avoiding weight issues later in life can be difficult, but eating healthy at a young age can be the key in not having your child be overweight in their teen, young adult, and adult years. That’s why Dippin’ Stix focuses its products on healthy eating and appropriate portion sizes. Dippin’ Stix products can be found at your local retailer and include options such as carrots and creamy ranch dip, or apples with yogurt, peanut butter, or caramel. And, what’s even better, Dippin’ Stix snacks come in family packs to help with your budget or they can be purchased individually if your family is smaller. Remember “Monkey see, monkey do.” You are a role model, so make your eating habits healthy, and maybe your children will too with healthy and nutritious snacks from Dippin’ Stix.

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5 Ways Healthy Snacks from Dippin’ Stix Make Eating Right Easy

February 1st, 2019 · No Comments

Sometimes staying healthy feels like a full-time job. From eating right and getting enough exercise to making time to relax and perform self-care, it seems our society isn’t designed to accommodate it all. Well, we’re here to make nutritious eating just a bit easier with our healthy snacks. Check out the number of ways Dippin’ Stix makes eating right easy.

  1. Portable: You can take our healthy snacks anywhere you go! Whether you’re at work, taking the kids to their after-school activities, or need a snack for after the gym, you can take Dippin’ Stix with you.
  2. Perfectly Sized: Dippin’ Stix healthy snacks give you the boost you need to get through your hectic day without the extra calories from a large meal or junk food. You’ll feel satisfied while avoiding that post-meal exhaustion or post-sugar plunge.
  3. Great Variety: Don’t get bored eating the same snacks day in and day out. Dippin’ Stix offers a wide variety of healthy snacks to choose from, including carrots and ranch dip, apples and yogurt dip, and even apples and caramel dip! You can mix it up each day and still feel good about your healthy choices.
  4. The Whole Family Loves Them: Getting the family to eat right with you can be a challenge, especially if you have young children who push away anything green. As previously mentioned, we offer a wide variety of snack options, which means there’s something for the whole family. Helping your family eat healthier has never been easier!
  5. Convenient: Our snacks don’t require any prep, special utensils, or stress. Just peel off the seal and dig in. They’re perfect for tossing into your kids’ lunches or packing with your own. You’ve got enough to worry about; don’t let healthy snacking be one of them!

Healthy snacks for Dippin’ Stix make it easy for your whole family to eat right. Find a retailer near you and find out for yourself!

 

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Do Away with Boring Snacks, Make Your Life Easier and Pick Up Healthy Snacks from Dippin’ Stix Instead

January 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

Whether you’re trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution, get your kids to eat healthier, or limiting snacks between meals, healthy eating and snacking can be a real struggle. Do away with boring snacks and pick up healthy snacks from Dippin’ Stix to make life a whole lot easier!

 

Snacks are important when you’re active, your kids play sports, need nutrition and carbohydrates for strength, and to curb off cravings. Boring snacks just aren’t going to cut it for Little Johnny who meets up with his friends, Sweet Sally who heads out to the mall after school, and good ole’ dad who needs snacks at the office between lunch and dinner. And, for mom, snacks are important to fight off crabbiness and binge eating.

 

Let’s face it, a dry rice cake isn’t going to excite your teenager, and plain saltine crackers aren’t overly impressive or tasty. Try a few fun swaps for nutritious, intriguing, and healthy snacks:

 

  1. Carrots with dip. You don’t need to stop with just carrots and dip. You can incorporate other fresh veggies with dip or make those platters creative with smiling faces from black olives, baby tomatoes, and cheese.
  2. Apples and dips. Apples with yogurt, caramel, or peanut butter are always a great snack that sustains your appetite and leaves you feeling full so you’re less likely to overeat at mealtime. Packed with fiber and nutrients, apples are a perfectly healthy and highly suggested snack for all ages.
  3. Although popcorn doesn’t always fill you up, it’s much healthier than grabbing some greasy, calorie-loaded chips from the vending machine.
  4. Boiled eggs. Hard boiled eggs are a great protein source and, although probably not the most popular snack option for the younger generation, are tasty and easy for an on-the-go snack.
  5. Yogurt and berries. Yogurt mixed with berries is sure to be a hit for anyone of any age. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, this snack does away with boring and opens up a whole new idea of fun.
  6. Cheese sticks. Who doesn’t like to snack on cheese? Cheese sticks are a great source of calcium and protein, taste good, and are fun to pull apart and devour.
  7. Cereal and fruit mix. A little sweetness, a little salt, and a few nuts are bound to be fun. Consider mixing ready-to-eat cereal with nuts, raisins, and a few chocolate chips for a quick on-the-go snack that’ll have your kids begging for more.

 

If you’ve set a New Year’s resolution, are trying to get your kids or yourself to eat healthier, or limiting your between-meal snacks, purchase Dippin’ Stix snacks from your local retailer. Our snacks are healthy, easy and affordable, and filled with nutrients and vitamins. Our crisp baby carrots with premium ranch dip and apples with yogurt, peanut butter, or caramel dip are sure to keep your kids happy and healthy, limit your high caloric intake, and help you meet your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and eat healthy. Check out the healthy snacks from Dippin’ Stix at your local retailer today to make your life easier and end boring snacks!

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Try Mindful, Not Mindless, Eating This Holiday Season with Healthy Snacks from Dippin’ Stix

December 5th, 2018 · No Comments

The upcoming holidays in the United States often become a viscous cycle of eating more than usual, followed by weight gain, and then setting New Year’s resolutions to lose weight—only to have the holidays roll around again with little or no weight loss. This year, try mindful, not mindless, eating during the holiday season, and let Dippin’ Stix help you with this with healthy snacks.

 

With attending holiday parties and family get-togethers, and spending more time indoors, many people eat just because the food is there; others eat for emotional comfort, and still others eat as a habit while confined indoors watching TV or working on a computer. Mindless eating has become an issue in the United States and contributes to the increasing number of overweight individuals and the obesity epidemic. Follow some simple steps for more mindful eating and incorporating more healthy snacks and make yourself and others aware of small changes that can make a huge difference.

 

  1. Portion sizes. During the holidays, in particular, more sweet treats, snacks, and larger meals are part of the festivities. Watch and limit portion sizes instead of entirely depriving yourself of mashed potatoes, gravy, snacks, or any dessert at all.
  2. Mindful, not mindless, eating. Just because the clock strikes 12 noon or 6 pm doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to eat. Instead, eat when you are hungry and not because the clock notes it is time. Be more mindful of meals and snacks throughout the day.
  3. Plan snacks. If you typically get hungry between meals, plan ahead with healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables with dips to keep you full until the next meal instead of heading to the vending machine for a sweet, high-caloric snack.
  4. Pay attention and slow down. Make yourself aware and pay attention to what you are actually eating. Make an effort to not eat in front of the TV, where you can lose track of what you have consumed, and slow down and enjoy your eating. This allows your brain to understand that you are satisfied and don’t need to continue eating.
  5. Keep a food diary. If you tend to lose track of what you eat in a day or just want to be more aware of why and when you eat, keep a food diary. You can then look back, make adjustments, if necessary, and incorporate healthy changes in your diet.
  6. Include fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are vital in a healthy and nutritious diet; however, they can be difficult to incorporate into your daily meal plans. As previously noted, plan ahead and prepare fruits and vegetables with a tasty dip instead of sitting down with salty chips or a sweet treat that is loaded with empty calories.

 

This holiday season, be mindful, not mindless, about eating, and enjoy a little bit of everything. Watching portion sizes, choosing healthy snacks, slowing down your eating, including fruits and vegetables, and keeping a food diary all ensure that you are on the right track for a great holiday season and every holiday season to come. Don’t set yourself up for failure of a need to commit to a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Be mindful about eating and enjoy the holiday season with healthy snacks from Dippin’ Stix.

 

Dippin’ Stix products can be found at your local retailer and include options such as carrots and creamy ranch dip, or apples with yogurt, peanut butter, or caramel. And, what’s even better, Dippin’ Stix snacks come in family packs to help with your budget or can be purchased individually if your family is small. In addition, Dippin’ Stix healthy snacks are now available in vending machines, so there’s no excuse to grab a snack that is unhealthy. Fuel your body with healthy snacks of fruits and vegetables with tasty dips and enjoy mindful, not mindless, eating this upcoming holiday season. Check out our Dippin’ Stix packages for your snack options today, so your New Year’s resolutions don’t need to include weight loss.

 

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Choose Healthy Snacks Instead of Fat Filled Foods this Thanksgiving with Snacks from Dippin’ Stix

November 1st, 2018 · No Comments

Luscious pumpkin, sweet pecan, and scrumptious apple pie are all popular Thanksgiving desserts. Add this to starchy potatoes, gravy, and dressing and you’ve got a plate full of calories and fat. What if Thanksgiving dinner this year became healthier and lean with wholesome snacks and foods instead of foods filled with fat? Dippin’ Stix has you covered.

 

Let’s face it, we all love a good Thanksgiving feast with family and friends where the “calories don’t count” and we feel less guilty filling our tummies and indulging because it is a holiday. But with few adjustments you can make healthier choices while still feeling full and satisfied!

 

Try these simple tips:

 

  1. Instead of a creamy or buttery soup, substitute with low fat vegetable or squash soup. Who knows? A new recipe may become a family favorite!
  2. When it comes to healthy eating, we mostly think of what we have to cut out. However, when it comes to salads, we encourage you to add more! Incorporate fruits and vegetables such as mandarin oranges, apples, cranberries, carrots, and celery into your salads along with nuts. This will make the salad more filling and enjoyable, so you have less room for potatoes and gravy.
  3. Carrots are healthy and can be delicious! Steamed carrots with the right seasonings can make a great, healthy addition to any Thanksgiving feast.
  4. Instead of sweet and calorie-loaded pecan pie, consider an angel food cake with strawberries or a fruit puree and a dollop of whipped topping.

 

Adding fruits and vegetables to your Thanksgiving meal, or any meal, is a nutritious idea and is sure to delight your dinner guests. At Dippin’ Stix, our goal is to delight guests with our fresh sliced apples with caramel, yogurt, peanut butter and chocolate dips as well as crisp baby carrots and premium ranch dip and are perfect for anyone, any age. Excellent quality and excellent taste are what makes Dippin’ Stix stand out with innovative and affordable snacks for families everywhere. Whether you’re traveling, packing lunches, attending sporting events, or preparing meals this Thanksgiving holiday, Dippin’ Stix is there to make your job a whole lot easier. Choose healthy snacks instead of foods filled with fat this Thanksgiving with snacks from Dippin’ Stix. Find a retailer near you to purchase Dippin’ Stix products.

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Don’t Get Spooked by Too Much Sugar this Halloween! Serve Creative and Healthy Snacks at your Halloween Party from Dippin’ Stix

October 1st, 2018 · No Comments

Halloween is a time for goblins and ghosts and too much sugar for most! October is national Trick-or-Treat month and a time to load up on sweet treats and snacks to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Halloween isn’t just a scary time with goblins, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns; it’s also a scary time to think of the amount of sugar the average American consumes in one year. Make this Halloween different with healthy snacks for your party from Dippin’ Stix.

 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports and estimates that the average American consumes between 150 to 170 pounds of refined sugars in one year. It’s “scary” to think of what this amount of sugar does to our bodies, minds, and teeth. Do yourself and your family a favor this Halloween and incorporate healthy snacks into your treats and parties with the ideas and tips below:

 

  1. Caramel apple nachos. Instead of salty chips loaded with meat, cheese, and fixin’s, be creative and slice apples and top with a bit of caramel sauce and yogurt drizzle.
  2. Meatball mummies. Easy and quick, simply wrap crescent rolls around cooked meatballs. Add two sliced black olives for eyes and watch them disappear.
  3. Deviled eggs. Spice up some deviled eggs by adding a little green food coloring to the yolks. Then cut tiny slices of red pepper for the horns. Your guests will think they’re “cute as the devil.”
  4. Banana ghosts. Slice a banana in half and adorn with miniature chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. These treats are sure to attract their attention.
  5. Tangerine pumpkins. Simple yet delightful. Peel tangerines and insert a celery stick in the middle for the stem.
  6. Pumpkin veggie tray. Every Halloween party needs a pumpkin. Arrange crisp baby carrots on a tray with small dip containers for eyes and nose. For that cute toothless smile, cut up some cucumbers, celery, or green peppers.
  7. Witch broomsticks. Cheese sticks and pretzel sticks make some pretty cute witch broomsticks and they’re quick to make as well. Cut a cheese stick into smaller pieces, stick a pretzel stick into the top, and adorn with a chive around the top of the cheese stick if desired.

 

The options for healthy foods and snacks at your Halloween party are endless. Sweet treats don’t always go with the territory of trick-or-treating and party fun. Be creative, recruit ideas from your kids or magazines, and take it away. Make an effort to try to lower the number of pounds of sugar the average American consumes in a year by getting in the habit of serving healthier and fun foods that incorporate fruits and vegetables.

 

Dippin’ Stix snacks can help you do just that. With healthy, easy, and affordable snacks that are filled with nutrients, our crisp baby carrots with premium ranch dip and apples with yogurt, peanut butter, or caramel dip are sure to make healthy meals and snacks a whole lot easier, particularly for your Halloween parties. Check out Dippin’ Stix and make your Halloween party and trick-or-treat snacks healthy this year.

 

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