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Celebrate a Healthy Halloween

Healthy HalloweenWhether it’s the endless stash of candy on your kitchen counter, or that bottomless dish of chocolates at the office, we all know the dietary pitfalls of Halloween. Make this year different by making your health a priority.

Explore new tasty options that you and your family can enjoy without the excess sugar and fat in many traditional Halloween sweets. Focus on the seasonal autumn foods by using apples, dried fruits, berries, popped corn and spices as much as possible. Enjoy the nutritional benefits of whole foods, even if they are slightly sweet, instead of indulging in the empty calories from candy. Try a few of these ideas for making your Halloween fun and healthy too!

For a Halloween party serve:

  • Homemade trail mix with roasted nuts, seeds, dried fruits and berries
  • Chopped vegetables served with bean dip
  • Low fat cheese and whole grain crackers
  • Crisp apple slices and caramel dip
  • Spiced roasted soybeans
  • Spiced pretzels
  • Honey popcorn balls
  • Pecan and date bread
  • Almond butter and wheat crisps
  • Pita points and hummus
For trick-or-treat night:

Try a non-food item such as stickers, stamps, pens, pencils, erasers, pocket games, sugarless gum or a travel toothbrush. Kids will be happy and parents will be, too!

Other “tricks” for keeping Halloween candy consumption under control:
  • Encourage children to eat a healthy dinner before going trick-or-treating. You don’t want them come home starved, or even start eating their candy before they make it home.
  • Let them enjoy a little extra candy on Halloween night, guilt free.
  • Store candy out of sight, such as in a kitchen cupboard that only you can reach.
  • Limit candy to one a day at an agreed-upon time, such as an after-school snack, or for dessert at dinner.
  • Give candy away if necessary. If you feel you have too much in the house, don’t be afraid to give some away.
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **