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Healthy Halloween!

Trick-or-treating doesn’t have to end in a sugar rush!  Check out our list of ways to ensure that your kiddos have a happy AND healthy Halloween!

 

  • Pre-game with a HEALTHY meal. You don’t have to skip the spooky entrée – a quick Pinterest search for “healthy Halloween food” will give you lots of inspiration, such as spider web covered tomato basil soup, Halloween themed fruit parfaits, stuffed orange bell pepper jack-o-lanterns, and more!
  • Downsize your candy carriers. Although it’s tempting to reach for the oversized pumpkin bucket, look for a smaller container for trick-or-treating and encourage your child to only take one piece of candy from each house.
  • Make trick-or-treating active! Walk with your kids from house to house instead of driving.  You can even turn it into a competition with friends and see who can get to the most houses.
  • Check all candy before allowing your child to consume it. Make sure that none of your child’s candy is expired or contains ingredients that your child is allergic to.
  • Plan! Talk to your child about treats in moderation.  Let them know before and after trick-or-treating how much candy they’ll be allowed to consume that night and days after ( a good rule of thumb is 1-2 pieces a day for 1-2 weeks, enough time for excitement to wane).  If your child’s basket is overflowing with candy, consider donating some of it to a homeless shelter, children’s hospital, or care package program for troops overseas.

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