With Halloween is right around the corner some of you might be wondering how you and your family can stick to your healthy lifestyle while still enjoying ghoulish get together, spooky soirees, and other frightening festivities. Here are a few healthy tips for a fun-filled Halloween.
Hand out non-food treats: Give out goodies like stickers, pencils, bubbles, spider rings, play-dough, and other toys instead of candy.
Balance the Sweet Treats with Protein and Veggies: Whether you’re hosting or attending a Halloween party, or just getting the kids out the door to Trick-treat, make sure to incorporate protein and veggies. This will help to balance out snacking and prevent blood sugar spikes.
Games: If you are hosting a party for your kids you can take the classic game of duck-duck-goose and turn it into ghost-ghost-goblin. This adds a little spooky twist to the traditional game. Ghost sack races, pin the hat on the witch and bobbing for apples are all fun ideas.
Halloween themed dinner and snacking. If your house is anything like mine, it’s always a scramble to get the kids ready and out the door. Plus they are usually so excited it’s hard to get them to sit down to eat. I have had success with candy corn veggie platter, mummy meatloaf, Banana pops, apple monsters, and Hot dog fingers. I usually prepare this the day before and put it out to nibble on throughout the night. All fun foods that provide a healthy alternative to candy.
Don’t be fooled by the “fun-size.” Sounds almost too obvious, but those cute little packages may look harmless but do we ever just eat one?!
Halloween great! It’s been one of my favorite holidays forever because I love sweets and getting creative with costumes and decor. No matter who you are, you’re likely tempted by the undeniable ever present treats of the season. Namely, Halloween Candy! Stocking up on all the best varieties of candy, telling yourself “it’s for the neighborhood kids.” Meanwhile you’re eating four pieces a day because they’re just so tempting and tiny that they seem harmless. We’ve all been there but this year can be different. Here’s a quick and dirty work out if you can’t help but eat that fourth Fun Size Snickers (or first). 😉