Tips for a Healthy Halloween
It’s October again, which often means an excuse to eat many tiny chocolate bars and indulge. While we believe in everything in moderation, here are a few tips to help you have a healthy (or at least healthier) Halloween!
Healthy Halloween Swaps
- In the mood for chocolate? Try a glass of chocolate milk instead. Your body will get a boost from calcium and vitamin D as well.
- Instead of gummy candies, how about some dried fruit like apricots, apples, pineapple or raisins?
- Try some frozen grapes for a sweet and crunchy treat that tastes more indulgent than it is.
- Instead of salty chips, have some healthy nuts like pistachios.
- Instead of a full-sized chocolate bar, go for a fun-size bar to save approximately 475 calories and more than 20 grams of fat.
- Opt for longer-lasting candy like lollipops over mindless sugary shovelling.
- Glow sticks, stickers, pencils and bubbles can be fun non-candy alternatives, especially for younger kids.
- Play-Doh, tattoos and bouncy balls are also good options.
- Pre-packaged pretzels or Goldfish can be a nice alternative to candy.
- How about activity pads with assorted coloring sheets, puzzles and games for a treat that will last longer than five seconds?
- A drink packet for a mug of hot chocolate or hot apple cider is a nice option.
- Some families swear by the Switch Witch. The Switch Witch is a good witch that visits your home on Halloween night and “switches” some or all of the kids’ stash for a gift or toy instead.
- Kids can still trick-or-treat and keep some favourites, and the rest can be dumped or donated.
- This might be a good solution for kids with allergies or special dietary requirements.
Everything in Moderation
- Don’t buy Halloween candy until a couple of nights before. This will help you avoid temptation (and you might score some good sales too!).
- Don’t buy treats that you personally love to eat. Try to give out all the candy by the end of the night to avoid leftovers.
- Give your kids a full, nutritious meal before going trick-or-treating.
- Let your children make a pile of likes and dislikes at the end of the night. Dump or donate the dislikes.
- Limit the number of pieces of candy you and your kids can have each day.
- If the candy is still around after a couple of weeks, toss it out.