The trees are changing color, the pumpkins are out on every doorstep, the air is crisp, I spy a few princesses and astronauts – it’s that time of the year again…Boo! It’s Halloween! My kids have been dressing up in lots of different costumes all weekend and practicing face painting with various degrees of success. They just can’t wait for the big day. As a nutrition and health coach though, I’m a little apprehensive about the amount of sugar they’ll be consuming all week. I’m going to try to bring a little balance into all the festivities this week and make some healthy snacks for school treats and hand out some different options for my trick or treaters. I’m certainly not going to deny my kids their candy and bit of fun, but with added healthy options I hope they understand that Halloween doesn’t just have to be about sugar!
Here are my top tips to keep Halloween healthy:
Be creative with healthy food options
- Make easy pumpkin tangerines: peel little tangerines and put a short celery stick in the middle to look like a pumpkin.
- Make banana ghosts: cut bananas in half, dip in orange juice, roll in shredded raw coconut and add raisins or organic chocolate chips for eyes. Serve on wooden sticks or on a plate. (You should make these right before you want them to be eaten or they will go brown!)
- Make goblin smoothies: blend 1 cup almond or coconut milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1/2 cup spinach, 2 drops peppermint essence, 1/2 banana.
- Bake healthy pumpkin muffins with avocado topping. Find the recipe right here.
Hand out treats that aren’t candy
- Ditch the candy and hand out temporary tattoos (a huge hit in our house!), stickers, pencils and notepads or homemade cards.
Educate your kids about healthy eating
Halloween marks the start of the holiday season and sugar fest. It’s a great time to set healthy limits now with your kids and educate them about a balanced diet.
Eat a healthy meal before trick-or-treating
If your kids eat a healthy dinner before going trick-or-treating, they are less likely to overeat and can limit how much candy they eat on the big night.
What are your top tips for a healthy Halloween?