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Have A Healthy Halloween

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner. Your little ghosts and goblins are getting ready for parties and trick-or-treating and you may be asking yourself how you can keep things a bit healthier this year. Here are a few tips to having a happy and healthy Halloween:

  • Remember it’s all about moderation. It is okay for your children to enjoy some of their trick-or-treat candy but first talk with them and agree on how much candy they can have and when they can have it.
  • Serve your kids a healthy snack before they go out trick-or-treating. Hungry children will be more likely to gorge themselves on candy when they get home.
  • When your kids get home from trick-or-treating have them sort their candy into piles of “favorites” and “not-so-favorites.” Get rid of the candy in the “not-so-favorites” pile and portion out a few days worth of their favorite candies.
  • Rather than leaving left over Halloween candy on the counter where it is more likely to tempt you and your family, put it out of sight in the pantry or freezer.
  • Consider handing out these less traditional goodies to the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood:

          - Pre-packaged trail-mix or nuts

          - Cereal bars

          - Small packages of dried fruit

          - Mini rice cereal treats

         - Juice boxes

         - Sugar-free gum

  • You may decide to pass out non-food treats this Halloween and here are some alternatives kids are sure to enjoy:

         - Stickers

        - Temporary tattoos

        - Bubbles

       - Whistles

       - Magnets

      - Bracelets/rings/hair accessories

      - Small coloring books/crayons

  • Lastly, resist the urge to shop the after Halloween candy sales. It may be a good deal but the extra sugar and calories aren’t needed.

For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.

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