How to Have a Healthy Halloween

Halloween is a great time for kids especially when it comes to trick-or-treating. However, deciding on what to do with those big trick-or-treat bags full of candy and sweet treats can be a challenge. For kids and adults alike, loading up on sugary treats can lead to cavities and undesired weight gain.

Here are some healthy tips to help control both you and your child’s consumption of candy during the Halloween season:

  • Don’t buy Halloween candy early. You and your kids will be tempted to eat too much before the trick-or-treating even begins.
  • Have a healthy snack such as a peanut butter sandwich and fruit before trick-or-treating. If you aren’t hungry, you will be less likely to gorge yourself on candy when you get home.
  • Promote a healthy Halloween by handing out alternatives to candy such as pencils, stickers, or party favors.
  • Give out individually packaged non-sugary treats such as nuts, raisins, pretzels, popcorn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or crackers.
  • Put all of the extra treats into a high cabinet in your kitchen or pantry. With the candy out of sight you will have more control over how many treats you and your kids eat during the days after Halloween.
  • Give your left over candy away by taking it to work, group meetings, or even donating it to your local food pantry.

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  1. Nice tips! I always have to control myself after the holiday when all the candy is on sale at CVS.

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