Based on the nutrition labels on popular candies, the average child accumulates 3,500 – 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. Follow these simple tips & tricks to stay healthy on Halloween!
- Fill up before trick-or-treating: if kids are full before trick-or-treating, they will eat fewer pieces of candy during the night and after they get back home. Try this recipe for scary taco salad.
- Exercise: walk from house to house instead of driving – set a goal on how far you will walk and stick to it!
- Use a smaller treat bag: steer clear of the pillow case method and collect less candy with a smaller bag.
- Keep the favorite sweets and get rid of the rest: when the children get home, make them make two even piles – one for the candy they want to keep and another for the candy they don’t want to eat. Try donating the candy you do not want to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, Ronald McDonald House, or children’s hospital.
- Out of sight, out of mind: Keep the candy hidden away instead of out in the open – one will be less likely to mindlessly eat when treats cannot be seen.
- Pass out healthy treats: Often children’s excitement is in collecting the candy, rather than eating it.
Healthy Treat Ideas:
- Cereal/granola bars
- Whole grain cheddar crackers
- Fruit leather
- Trail mix
- Pencils or Crayons
- Fun Erasers
- Temporary tattoos
- Glow sticks
I will be passing out glow stick bracelets at my house for halloween! What healthy treats will you be passing out this year?