Halloween is just three days away. What’s scarier about Halloween? The annual Zombie walk through your neighborhood or all that candy in your house afterwards?
Halloween candy doesn’t have to be scary. In this special Halloween inspired blog, I share a few simple tips on creating a healthy and happy Halloween for both you and your family!
1. Set trick-or-treating curfews. Limit the number of hours your child is out trick-or-treating to help cut down on the amount of candy your child collects.
2. Eat something healthy before trick-or-treating. It’s no trick that if your belly is full, you tend to eat less. Serve a balanced dinner (one that includes veggies, protein, and complex carbohydrates like whole wheat pasta or brown rice) before your kids go out trick or treating. If they do not want to eat a full meal, try a mini meal such as yogurt with nuts and fresh fruit, or fruit and cheese so they don’t head out the door hungry
3. Be a good role model to your kids. You can help your kids enjoy Halloween without overindulging. Consume Halloween candy in moderation yourself. Remember, kids tend to imitate the behaviors or actions they see from other people. Keep your family’s favorite fruits and veggies in sight and have them readily available to snack on.
4. Don’t buy candy until October 31st. Why? A bag full of your favorite candies lurking somewhere in your house can be very tempting. Buy candy at the last minute. Buy only as much as you need and give away leftovers to avoid temptation.
5. Keep candy out of sight (and out of mind). Store the candy in out-of-reach places like high cupboards or the freezer. Chances are your child (and maybe even you) will forget about it.
6. Negotiate how long the candy will remain in the house. Decide, for instance, that all candy is thrown out after one week. Once the novelty of eating the candy wears off, it often loses its appeal (for you and your kids).
7. Be more physically active. Schedule time to sweat on Halloween. Prepare some active fun games before indulging in treats. These will encourage your kids to get up and move. Activities such as jump rope, hacky sack and bouncy ball are fun games they will enjoy. Find fun ways to keep you and your kids physically active for Halloween!
8. Allow kids to enjoy their candy. Studies have shown that forbidding foods just makes them more desirable. Remember: Halloween only comes once a year! Let them enjoy all the fun of being with their friends dressed as their favorite characters. I think kids are more excited about this and remember these fun moments more than they remember the candy itself. some non-candy alternatives to traditional Halloween treats:
Finally, here are some non-candy alternatives to traditional Halloween treats:
- Small bags of pretzels (check out Costco)
- Mini bags of microwave popcorn
- Mini granola bars
- Boxes of raisins
- Small packages of trail mix
- Sesame bars
- Mini bags of graham cookies snacks
- Justin’s dark chocolate mini peanut butter cups
- Box of assorted fun from Oriental Trading Company (glow sticks, costume jewelry, small toys, stickers, temporary tattoos, plastic spider rings, etc.)
Have a fun and safe Halloween!