Double Double Toil and Trouble: Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog… we imagine that kids would not be nearly as excited for Halloween if this mélange was offered. Let’s hope Shakespeare included a pinch of sugar to improve the flavor of that Halloween delight!

While the 21st century brings us treats that are a lot more appetizing, they are also lacking in the nutrition department.

Looking to make this holiday a little healthier? Here is a round-up of tips from our Dietitians:

  • Before you let your kids rummage through their candy bags, you’ll obviously want to remove anything that is potentially harmful. For us, that includes many of the candies themselves! Gum based/Colored candies are loaded with food dyes and additives, which, according to studies, have been linked to hyperactivity. Check back Friday for items that we feel okay giving out.
  • Eat before sweets. Have your kids eat a snack/meal including foods from the four groups. Not only will this give you peace of mind knowing they have something nutritious in their bellies, but they’ll be less likely to go overboard on the treats.
  • No candy limit. Surprised? Don’t be. Usually by the 4th or 5th day, the novelty of eating endless amounts of candy has usually worn off and most kids realize they don’t feel good after stuffing themselves with junk food. Further, by making candy forbidden
  • Be a good example. Don’t preach about food, instead teach the importance of healthy eating, and remember to tell them that it’s ok to indulge in sweets once in a while. Parents need to empower their kids by teaching them how to set their own boundaries.
  • Who says you need to hand out candy? Get kids to use their imagination by handing out items such the following items: pens/ pencils, stickers, stamps, coloring books (etc). Check the Dollar store for a great affordable selection.

Happy Halloween!