Trick-or-Treat! This phrase will be echoed throughout neighborhoods this Halloween season. Will you be the house handing out candy bars or fruit? Regardless, here are some helpful tips to make this Halloween healthier.
Last Minute Shopping
When purchasing your Halloween handouts try to wait until the night before to buy. Buying candy and other unhealthy snacks late into the season will remove the temptation of enjoying these snacks yourself. Also, make sure to buy less than you think. This will ensure you will not have leftovers laying around the house and adding extra calories to your diet.
Eat Before Trick-or-Treating
Before you and your family go out for the night to knock on your neighbors’ doors, sit down as a family to a nutritious meal. Making sure you and your kids are filled up before trick-or-treating will help avoid snacking during the evening.
Walk around your neighborhood, don’t drive. It is tempting to drive yourself and your kids from door to door. Avoid this temptation and enjoy a bit of exercise with your kids. Take in the Halloween spirit and enjoy all the costumes and decorations.
The one goal for any kid when trick-or-treating is to get enough candy to last them until next Halloween. To help control how much candy your child consumes; keep their “stashes” in the kitchen or living area; do not let them take all of their candy into their rooms; allow only one or two pieces of candy per day; sign a contract that both you and your child agree on and hold them to it.
Another choice when looking to limit candy intake is donating it to the dentist. Depending on your location you can trade your candy for cash or prizes at some dentist offices. The candy is then sent overseas to the troops. .
It is important to be mindful of how many calories are in the snacks you and your children are eating. Because it says “fun sized” doesn’t mean the calories are too. One fun sized Reese’s peanut butter cup is 110 calories! One fun sized plain M&M’s bag is 85 calories. One might also be thinking that Halloween only comes once a year and why not let kids enjoy themselves? This is correct, Halloween is only once a year and so is Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Each of these holidays fall within one month of each other and all the extra calories can add to weight gain.
Even though they may not show it, kids are not searching the neighborhood to find the house that is giving out bananas. No. They want CANDY. So what are the healthiest treats to handout without getting your house tee pee’d?
Here are some other treats that are good alternatives to candy and some to promote physical activity.
- Glow sticks
- Temporary tattoos
- Microwave Popcorn
- Beef Jerky
- Halloween jewelry/accessories
- Trail mix
- Tiny decks of cards
- Bouncy ball
- Jump rope
- Sidewalk chalk
- Hacky sack