It often feels like nutrition goes out the window every Halloween. We're constantly on the hunt for kid-approved, non-GMO snacks all year, but when Halloween rolls around, we give our kids every piece of candy they can ever consume.

We all know that nutritious food is best (and indulging in sweets is okay in moderation) but is there a way to celebrate the holiday without going wild on sugar? Here are allergen-friendly, nut-free foods we're adding to our Halloween mix this year.

Here are seven nut-free snacks that are healthy and tasty:

1. Zego Fruit + Chia Bar

These fruit and chia bars are made from the same base as their popular Just Fruit bars, but have organic chia seeds for added nutrition and texture. To take it a step further, the brand tests every batch for traces of pesticides and allergens. Check the QR code on each bar to see the results of the testing. Genius!


$18.99 (pack of 12)


2. Annie's fruit snacks

Annie's Homegrown may be known for their go-to powdered cheese mac and cheese, but the brand also offers vegan and gluten-free fruit snacks in a mix of strawberry, cherry and raspberry flavored bunnies. They're also made with real fruit juice and packed with 100% daily value of Vitamin C so little ones can get nutrients without compromising taste.

$3.79 (pack of 5)


3. Skinny Pop

Prepackaged, buttery and super salty popcorn is delicious, that's why mamas love Skinny Pop popcorn. Now, our little ones can have their own snack too, with popcorn that's gluten-free, non-GMO, and doesn't have strange preservatives. Our favorite is the ranch flavored +Protein popcorn that includes five grams of protein per serving.

$15.52 (pack of 30)


4. Messy Monkeys

Australian natural foods brand, Freedom Foods developed whole grain snacks that bolster the hidden goodness of natural ingredients like quinoa, sorghum and functional nutrients like fiber and protein. Enjoy tasty flavors like pizza, cheese, apple and chocolate on one snack-sized bag.

$6.99 (pack of 10)


5. Pirate's Booty

This popular baked, never fried, puffed rice and corn snack is made with real aged white cheddar cheese. Reach for Veggie Booty, Tings, Smart Puffs and Soy Crisps, too.

$8.88 (pack of 12)


6. Motts no sugar added applesauce

Nothing beats fresh fruits and veggies. We like that this classic brand added extra fruit flavor to the mix. Try the four-pack of clear pouches, or a small pouch.

$2 (pack of 4)


7. Organic Valley grassmilk kids yogurt

Grass-fed dairy isn't just for mamas. Organic Valley's whole milk yogurt is homogenized for a creamy easy-to-eat texture and is filled with organic fruits (our favorite is strawberry). In it, you won't find any antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMOs.

$4.79 (pack of 4)


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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:

Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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