Lynn Beattie, Department of Public Health.
Lynn is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.
There aren’t too many holidays that are exciting to kids, but Halloween happens to be one of them. It is full of color, flavor and fun costumes! While it can be tricky to stay healthy with all of the sugary candy and festive parties, it’s important to try not to go overboard on treating ourselves.
You might be asking yourself, “Is it possible to stay healthy on a day that is dedicated to eating candy?” Keep in mind that Halloween treats don’t have to be candy, try making your own goodies and get involved in celebratory activities with your kids. Here are several tips:
1. Many healthier options like snack size granola bars, pretzels, fruit and trail mix can be bought or made for trick-or-treat bags.
2. When buying Halloween candy watch for added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavorings, and food dyes.
3. Go small. Hand out the miniature candies or chocolate kisses.
4. Choose dark chocolate which is loaded with antioxidants.
5. Try giving things like stickers, spider rings, glow sticks or pumpkin erasers.
6. Choose to buy and give out candies that aren’t your personal favorites. If you don’t like them, you (probably) won’t want to eat them!
7. Have fun with holiday activities! Bob for apples, hunt for pumpkins, or put on “Monster Mash” for a game of freeze dance.
Be sure to check out http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/ for fun Halloween snacks for kids that are hauntingly healthy!
Enjoy the holiday fun and remember that moderation is key! Set limits on how many pieces of candy your family eats and offer it after dinner.
How do you plan to stay on track at the start of the fall-to-winter holidays?