By Sharon G.
Halloween is the number one holiday for buying and eating candy-so much that the thought of trying to keep it healthy may have you saying, BOO! However, making healthier choices around this holiday doesn’t always mean you have to go without when it comes to tasty goodies. Here are a few simple tips to make your Halloween both enjoyable and healthy:
After letting your kids…and yourself…indulge on candy the night of Halloween, limit how many pieces of candy each person in your family eats daily or weekly. Keeping the candy out of sight and reach helps keep it from being too tempting.
Offer Tick-or-treaters healthy(er) non-candy alternatives like a small toy, a bag of pretzels or chips, or even a new toothbrush (look out for flying eggs and toilet paper). This limits the temptation of digging in to your stash of leftovers.
Introduce the “Switch Witch” to your children. Never heard of her? The Switch Witch is a good witch that visits your home on Halloween night, usually while the children sleep, and takes (not steals) all of the children’s Halloween candy (or a select amount) and leaves a toy in its place. Your kids are able to participate in trick-or-treating without feeling like they’re missing out when the candy gets taken away, and parents don’t have to feel like they are depriving their children of a fun tradition.
Having a party? Check out this link for healthier alternatives for Halloween shacks and appetizers. Healthy Halloween Recipes
Fall can mean the beginning of flu season, so be sure to wash your hands regularly with soap and water before eating your treats, or carry around sanitizer while trick-or-treating.
Eat a full meal before trick-or-treating. This will prevent you and your family from over-indulging on candy later in the evening.
AND DON’T FORGET TO BRUSH AND FLOSS!!!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!