10 Tips For A Healthier Halloween
Living a healthy lifestyle is a challenge at the best of times, but at Halloween it’s easy for the sugar situation to get out of control. Keeping it healthy doesn’t mean ruining your trick-or-treaters’ sugar-filled dreams of Halloween. Instead, treat it as an opportunity to teach your kids how to eat sugar in moderation so they can enjoy a healthier Halloween.
Before the big night, sit down with the family and put together a plan for Halloween. If your kids know what to expect, you won’t look like the bad guy on the night when it’s time to put away the Halloween candy.
Here are a few tips for a Healthier Halloween:
- Before you and the kids set out for Halloween, eat a hearty meal high in protein to help curb their appetites while they’re out trick or treating. With full tummies, they’ll be less tempted to treat themselves and overindulge in candy.
- Set a time limit and map out an area for trick or treating. This will help keep down the number of places you visit and as a result, the amount of candy you collect.
- Take advantage of the evening and walk with your kids instead of driving on Halloween.
- Allow your kids to receive only one or two pieces of candy from each house.
- Let your kids choose two pieces of candy when they get home, and serve it up with a warm glass of milk. This should help to slow digestion so your kids aren’t bouncing off the walls before bed.
- Devise a plan for how you’ll handle all that Halloween candy. A good compromise is to let your kids have one or two pieces of Halloween candy per day for a specified amount of time, say one or two weeks.
- This is a good time to teach your kids about better candy options. When they’re going through their trick-or-treat bags deciding which candies to keep, point out sweets with fewer calories and lower in sugar. Here are some suggestions:
- Choose dark chocolate for the antioxidants like Hershey’s special dark miniatures. Each square of chocolate contains 40 calories and 3.8 grams of sugar.
- Tootsie Rolls Midgees is another chocolate favorite with only 11 calories and 1.5 grams of sugar.
- Hershey’s Kisses are another wise choice with only 22 calories, 2.5 grams of sugar and 1.3 grams of fat per kiss.
- Air Heads mini contains about 45 calories and 6 grams of sugar.
- Mike & Ike fun size contains about 50 calories and 9 grams of sugar.
- Jolly Rancher hard candy contains about 47 calories and 8 grams of sugar per sweet.
- Store leftover candy out of sight and out of reach to avoid temptation.
- Decide what to do with leftover candy. One option is to donate the excess to a children’s charity, the food bank or a retirement home. Or you could offer to trade your kids’ candy for money that they could donate to their favorite charity. It’s also a good lesson in good will to teach your kids.
- If you decide to repurpose leftover Halloween candy, you can have lots of fun using it to decorate cookies or gingerbread houses or craft a candy-themed centerpiece or a garland for the Christmas tree. With the holidays coming up, there’s all sorts of creative ways to repurpose your Halloween candy.
Halloween is always a “tricky” and tempting time when it comes to overindulging in sugary treats. But the smart choices you make today will teach your kids a valuable life lesson in eating healthy and keeping sugar in moderation. Happy Healthy Halloween!
- Blog Contributor