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Healthy Halloween Alternatives

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on Monday, 19 October 2015 in Health & Nutrition

iStock 000004419722 Small   Healthy HalloweenHalloween a time for ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks, costumes and candy. We all know one of the goals on Halloween is to collect as much candy as possible when out trick-or-treating. But what are some healthy and nutritious alternatives we can give out to those fun-loving, trick-or-treaters?

 

With childhood obesity on the rise, effecting 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the United States,* it’s important to be aware of the many ways we can work together to guide children to make healthier choices. Rather than prohibiting sugary-treats or telling a child they can’t have a particular item, offer something else. Instead of just saying no, present the child with an option.

 

Some non-candy snack foods you can offer as an alternative include:

 

Pretzels, baked potato chips, apples, single-serve boxes of cereal, organic fruit snacks, animal crackers, trail mix, or granola bars.

 

If you’d like to hand out something that’s not edible, try giving out some novelty items such as fake fangs, plastic spiders, glow sticks, whistles, bracelets, stickers, temporary tattoos, mini notepads, pens, pencils, or chapstick.

 

While some children may be unhappy to not be on the receiving end of Halloween’s enticing chocolates and candies, sugar-conscious parents will thank you for your healthy alternatives. Remember to keep it fun, and if you can, try to have a variety of goodies for the different ages of trick-or-treaters that may come knocking on your door.

 

What are some of your favorite alternatives to candy to give or receive on Halloween? Tell us in the comment box below!

 

http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.

 

All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

 

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