While other people are “scared” by the skeletons, spiders, ghosts, and pranks, Nutritionists are more scared by what traditional Halloween sugary foods are doing inside your kid’s body. Remember, it’s ok to indulge in treats once in while; but don’t forget to practice moderation.
Check out the tips below to help you take the scary out of Halloween’s sugar rush:
1. Focus on experiences: Halloween is supposed to be about the spooky, scary and paranormal, not the sugary, salty and high-in-cholesterol. Enjoy a classic Halloween night with the kids: take them to a haunted house, go on a ghost walk around the city, visit a pumpkin patch and choose the perfect pumpkin to carve, or simply watch a scary movie. These activities were once the quintessential Halloween must-dos — let’s bring them back from the undead.
2. Instead of giving candies and chocolate, pass out other fun items such as glow-sticks, mini bags of (organic) popcorn, or even fun spooky accessories … think vampire teeth, plastic spider rings, or spooky stickers.
3. Wait to buy your candies – buy them the day of to avoid being tempted. Buy less than you think you need to avoid leftovers. You can also buy the ones YOU don’t like, that way you will not be tempted to eat them☺
4. Make sure you have a super healthy dinner before you send your kids trick or treating, they will be less incline to eating candies or chocolate while they are trick or treating.
5. Send your kids with a smaller bag or a small Halloween bucket, that way there will be less to manage.
6. Go through the bag and ration the candies and only allow them sweets on special occasions. You can mix small bits of chocolate with air-popped popcorn, that way they will get less sugar in one bite.
Have fun & be safe!
Ref: Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), Superlife.