Want to make your Halloween healthy this year? Check out these 11 Halloween Tips:
While sharing an experience with your kids, walking around outside and bonding with your neighbors are great things to come from Halloween, the copious amounts of candy and other unhealthy snacks give me mixed emotions about Halloween. However, there are tips I regularly tell my patients about how they may make it a healthy one.
11 Tips for a Healthy Halloween
1. Do not buy Halloween candy in advance. The day before at the earliest to avoid temptation of eating the candy and having to buy more before Halloween comes.
2. Increase exercise the week of Halloween. Make sure you are getting plenty of lean proteins and fruits and vegetables too.
3. Fill up your kids with a healthy snack before trick-or-treating to help prevent them from gorging throughout the Halloween festivities.
4. Make sure the kids and parents walk when they go trick-or-treating vs. driving them around or using a golf cart, etc.
5. Darker chocolate options for candy is better – more antioxidants.
6. Make sure to have a full dinner before going trick-or-treating.
7. Allow only a few pieces of Halloween candy to be consumed that day. Do not allow the kids to stash the candy in their rooms.
8. Get involved with a pumpkin carving party or go for an outing at a pumpkin maze. It’s healthy Halloween fun for adults and kids alike.
9. Host a Halloween party. In supplement to or in lieu of trick-or-treating, try hosting a party where you control what foods are being consumed. Include such healthy snacks as vegetables and dip, apples and peanut butter or even whole grain bread and lean meats for sandwiches. Not only is it a healthier option, but good way to bond with your neighbors and other parents.
10. As the night is coming to an end, watch a Halloween movie with your kids instead of allowing them to acclimate with their newfound goodies which could lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels.
11. Donate the candy the next day to a local charity or church. If you have to dump it, dump it and don’t feel guilty – after all, it’s your family’s health we are talking about.