Halloween is October 31st - the kids most likely have already been thinking about and decided on what they’re going to dress up as, and we know the adults enjoy the dressing up just as much as the kids…and probably all the goodies too!
At the same time, as a real natural foodie, my body cringes when I see the loads of Halloween candy everywhere this time of year. I know many people are thinking, “lighten up, it’s just once a year”. But, it’s never once a year! It adds up with holidays and birthdays. There will always be an excuse to get the sweets in. As a health promoter, I just can’t get excited about feeding our community kids GMOs, artificial food coloring, and other chemicals, even if it is just one day a year.
There are some fun, inexpensive and healthy ideas for trick-or-treat night; some are decorating tangerines with spooky faces, sesame seed packages, or small gifts from the Dollar Store work too! We love Halloween, and I look forward to passing out healthy treats and seeing all of the adorable kids in their costumes.
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We know candy is what everyone wants but there are also some fun healthy Halloween treats you can make too. When having a Halloween party who won’t love a chocolate covered apple? Use dark chocolate and your favorite apple to create an antioxidant-rich treat. Making a skeleton out of vegetables is a fun and great way to get more veggies into you and your kid’s diet. Spiders on a Log is another favorite – celery sticks, peanut butter and raisins for spiders makes this a healthy, delicious, and fun snack. And for a “devilish” treat - try deviled eggs decorated with spiders.There are many ideas on Pinterest that provide more healthy snack ideas!
Here are some more ideas to avoid overindulging and enjoying your celebration of Halloween:
1. Don’t buy in bulk or more just because it’s on sale.
2. If you just can’t pass on it...buy candy in fun size.
3. Don’t eat the candy just because it’s there or you’re bored.
4. Going to a party? Fill up before you get there.
5. Buy fun “treats” that are little gifts instead of candy.
6. Have candy left over? Donate it!
And, if you do overindulge – don’t get down…get moving! Simply burn off those extra calories enjoying fun activities such as walking, biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, or ice skating. Take the young ones in your life to the park and be a kid again. If you’re going to a party and there’s dancing, be sure to get down and cut a rug!
If you find you’re looking to eat better or move more and can’t quite find the motivation Contact Natatia to set up a consultation. Natatia can assist you in putting together a healthy plan for you to help get you through the holidays and into a healthy life!