It’s that time of year again when BIG bags of candy start appearing on the store shelves. And with the rising rates of childhood obesity, it’s important to provide healthy alternatives to the traditional Halloween treats. Here are 7 helpful hints to keep your little ones healthy and happy this Halloween season!
- Instead of handing out candy this year try these healthy alternatives:
Granola or cereal bars
Trail mix snack packs with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
Mini pretzel packs
- Or ditch snacks altogether and hand-out non-food items:
Mini Play dough containers
Tiny decks of cards
- Little ones would likely even be happy with a dime or nickel. So, take the money you would normally spend on candy (some of the bags are $6.99 for 30 pieces!) and get change in dimes and nickels and put them in your Trick-or-Treat basket.
- Don’t send your children Trick-or-Treating on an empty stomach. Make sure they have a healthy, well balanced meal before heading out so they aren’t tempted to snack on their candy.
- Always keep your children’s Trick-or-Treat candy in your possession and out of their reach. This ensures that your children are not eating a pound of candy right before bed each night.
- Set a limit of candy that your children can have ahead of time (i.e. maybe 1-2 pieces each day). Eventually your children will probably forget they have Halloween candy and you can throw it out.
- If your child needs a treat for a party or school try making these easy recipes:
Banana Ghost Pops. Peel a banana, cut in half and then cut in half length wise again. Dip in vanilla or honey greek yogurt and use mini chocolate chips for eyes. Put a stick in the bottom and freeze before serving.
A platter with a pumpkin made out of carrots, cucumbers for the mouth, broccoli for the stem and dip containers for the eyes and nose.
Clementines with pumpkin faces drawn on them.Sincerely,
Krista Kohls, RD, CD
Meriter Clinical Dietitian