Healthy and Halloween typically don’t go hand in hand, but I assure you candy isn’t the only thing to get you into the spooky spirit.
Transform your typical frightening foods into something fresh and hauntingly delicious while celebrating Halloween! But, before we get to the good stuff, let’s talk about some ways to ensure your household doesn’t go into a sugar coma come November 1.
Curb the Candy Craze:
Reduce the temptation to snack while trick-or-treating by eating a balanced meal beforehand.
Choose a smaller candy collector and encourage kids to take one piece of candy per house.
Some houses may pass out trinkets, such as stickers or temporary tattoos. Others may have snack-size packages or popcorn, mixed nuts, or 100% read fruit leathers. Encourage your kids to look for something besides candy.
Decorate oranges or bob for apples for fun, fall activities leading up to Halloween.
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Let your kids keep enough candy to have once piece for 1-2 weeks.
Pair candy with a healthy snack, like an apple or celery with peanut butter.
“Buy back” candy from your child with tokens they can trade in for a fun activity: a day at the zoo, going ice skating, or an afternoon at the park.
Use it for holiday baking or give it out with Valentine cards.
Have no fear – you’ve got this. Let’s make Halloween fun, spooky and a little healthier, too.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
Megan Callahan is one of your Hy-Vee Corporate Dietitians. She is dedicated to helping people live healthier and happier lives. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Missouri State University. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she also received her Master of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition. Megan has been working with Hy-Vee full-time for 10 years. With a passion for nutrition and wellness, Megan is dedicated to educating customers and promoting healthy lifestyles to our Hy-Vee community. Megan lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband Matt, and their 2 children Kennedy (4) & Carsyn (2).