Tips for a Healthier Halloween

While Halloween is typically a day full of costumes and imagination, it can also be full of candy. It does not have to be so scary, however.

While Halloween occurs one day a year and habits ultimately provide the consequences to our health, what we do can magnify our usual habits when surrounded by so many sweet temptations. Here’s a few tips that can help curb your spooky desires:

1. Eat first. Normal nutrition guidelines still apply on Halloween night. Before you have your party or take your children out trick or treating, do so on a full stomach to prevent overindulgence.

2. Limit the number of houses you stop by. For those of you with children, have a set number of houses, enjoy the fun, and return home with the loot.

3. Practice portion control. Many times we have fun ideas regarding parties and the foods we make, such as cookies or brownies or punch. Reducing the overall amount so as to make it an accompaniment to normal food with reduce empty calories, in addition to smaller sizes and cups.

4. Make your own party treats. Some fairly healthy but fun and tasty ideas might include:

  • Warm apple cider with cinnamon sticks.
  • Smoothies made with low-fat vanilla yogurt and canned pumpkin.
  • Apple slices with a fruit dip made with yogurt mixed with canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Date and pumpkin energy balls.
  • Pumpkin pie dip made with low-fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt, roasted pumpkin and spices.
  • Baked apples or pears with cinnamon, nuts and honey.

5. Get everyone up and moving. Make sure that the party isn’t all about the food. Plan fun activities and games to get the kids moving, such as a costume parade or relay race. Try “Monster Tag” — one child is the monster and whomever he or she tags turns into a zombie.

6. Throw it out. Don’t let candy stay around for months. The party is over and the candy doesn’t have to stay any more than for any other occasion.

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