Tricks on How to Promote a Healthier Halloween for Kids
October 31st, 2011
As kids gear up to make the most of the trick-or-treating holiday, parents battle between letting them indulge in the holiday fun while keeping added sugars under control.
Halloween Do’s and Don’ts
- >> Halloween Eve: Make sure everyone, including you, gets enough sleep the night before the big day. When you’re well rested, you are less likely to overindulge on candy.
- >> Step-it-Up: Have your kids wear a pedometer and track their steps. Join them to make it a family affair. Aim to reach 5,000 steps while trick-or-treating (the equivalent of about 2.5 miles).
- >> Answer the Candy Call with a Treat: Start your kids’ day out right with a nutritious breakfast and lunch to keep them properly fueled for the night activities.
- >> Pre-Trick Treat!: Don’t forget to save your seeds from the pumpkin carving. Wash, sprinkle with olive oil and garlic powder then toast for a few minutes for a perfectly tasty treat before the nights adventures.
- >> Keep the Pillowcases on the Pillows: Pillowcases have quickly become a favorite candy-holder for the little goblins and ghouls scouring the neighborhood. However, to limit the amount of candy they bring home, use smaller containers.
- >> Candy Lunches: Once the kids have their plastic pumpkins full of candy, they’ll surely want to dive right in. A great way to control the over-indulgence is to have them choose a few favorites for that evening, but stash the majority for them to enjoy piece by piece during the next week or so as a treat in their lunch.
- >> It’s Okay To Indulge… Moderately: Most importantly remember that Halloween is just once a year. So while keeping nutrition and health on top of your family’s mind, it’s okay to enjoy some of the holiday treats!