Lisa Akly, RD
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital
Halloween is just around the corner and the candy shelves are tempting us. Palmetto Health Heart Hospital
dietitian Lisa Akly offers these tips to help you have a healthy Halloween.
- Don’t keep candy in your home throughout the season: We currently see the grocery store shelves lined with our favorite Halloween treats. To avoid the pre-Halloween temptation, purchase your candy of choice as close to the trick-or-treat day as possible and keep it “out of sight” until it’s time for the trick-or-treaters to arrive.
- Explore healthy Halloween giveaways and party pleasers: For healthy, but festive, Halloween party treats, consider cutting up fresh veggies such as colorful bell peppers, carrots and celery and shaping the pieces into traditional Halloween images (a pumpkin for example)! Serve the veggies with healthy cheeses, crackers and dips. Fruits make a great alternative to candy for a healthy Halloween giveaway. Oranges or tangerines filled with pudding makes a unique dessert. You also can consider individually packaged raisins or other dried fruits, individually wrapped pretzels or popcorn.
- Send your trick-or-treaters off with a healthy meal: A healthy meal before trick-or-treating may help avoid the candy temptation. Broccoli, cauliflower, squashes and sweet potatoes are some healthy vegetables available this season. A wholesome soup along with a sandwich on whole-grain bread is one example of many healthy, pre-trick-or-treat meals to start your evening of Halloween fun.
- Eat a rationed amount of familiar and favorite treats: Unless you are well familiar with the household from where it came, do not eat any homemade Halloween treats. After you have discarded any unwrapped and tampered candies from their trick-or-treats bags, have your children choose only their absolute favorite pieces of candy and ration it out a little at a time. Candies provide calories with very few nutrients and the added sugar plays a role in causing cavities.
- Halloween is an opportunity for physical activity: Creating active Halloween party games and trick-or-treating is a great opportunity for children to achieve their 60 minutes of physical activity for the day!
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