Posted on 10/25/2018
Halloween is fast approaching and the kids are getting more and more excited with each passing day.
Halloween used to be one night a year that kids would look forward to all year long, but more and more activities surrounding this ever-popular holiday has it stretching out for an entire month!
There are trunk-or-treat events, school parties and events, church events, mall and downtown parades, community events, pumpkin patch visits, corn maze trips and apple orchard visits ALL complete with C-A-N-D-Y! That’s a whole lot of candy for a month’s time, not to mention the loot kids collect going door-to-door on Halloween night.
We know -- kids get all hyped up over trick-or-treating as they race to get the most candy out of the group. We did it as kids, so we get it! But, that sugar rush and subsequent crash isn't good for kids (or parents) who are trying to pry them off the ceilings or get them to eat something more nutritious. Multiply this scene many times over and over again during the month and you have an overload of the sweet stuff!
So, I’d like to share with you some healthier alternatives than candy to hand out on Halloween:
Believe it or not, Halloween time can also be a time filled with healthy treats. Children love to be involved with cooking, so this year get your kids involved in some seasonal cooking, the healthy way. They can have their treats and eat them too! Here are 5 great, kid-approved treats the whole family will love:
If you think children get way too much candy over the Halloween holiday, you are not alone! Candy will not only encourage cavities, but will also prevent kids from eating healthier food. There are numerous options out there if you don’t feel right giving away more candy on the most candy filled holiday of the year! Hopefully, one of these ideas struck a chord with you.
Looking for more healthy eating tips this Halloween season? Be sure to check out the Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating blog and our Healthy Beat videos to find other healthy treat alternatives. Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating is commited to helping you live your best life through healthy living advice and delicious, low-fat meal plans.
Grew up in the food industry and took that love of healthy eating to earn her degree in nutrition. She has worked as a registered dietitian for 6 years and has been with SSHE since 2013, providing nutrition analysis and meal planning. Her special interests in weight management and diabetes, helps patients manage their weight and health conditions. She enjoys an active lifestyle, as well as time in the kitchen. Rene’s favorite SSHE meal is the Thai Noodle Salad.