Post Content

Lynn D newPosted by:

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?

Written By:

Tags: , ,

Recent Posts

WIC: A Vital Resource for Massachusetts Families During COVID-19 posted on Oct 1

During COVID-19, many families are worried about having enough food at home.  Promoting programs that help improve food security has been essential during the pandemic.  One of these programs, administered by the Department of Public Health, is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants,   …Continue Reading WIC: A Vital Resource for Massachusetts Families During COVID-19

Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide posted on Sep 21

Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide

For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to feelings of uncertainty, fear, stress, and anxiety which can take a toll on mental health. It is important, particularly in uncertain times, to prioritize conversations around mental health, including suicide. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness   …Continue Reading Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide

Highlights of the September 17 Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 17

The September monthly meeting of the Public Health Council, which took place via teleconference in light of ongoing restrictions on public gatherings, featured two informational presentations from Department subject matter experts: Update from the Massachusetts WIC Program Update on Flu Immunization Activities in Massachusetts The   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 17 Public Health Council Meeting