The appearance of ghosts, goblins, and witches can only mean one thing — Halloween is just around the corner! If you’re tempted to promote your healthy conscience this Halloween, choosing a junk food free roundup of treats and toys for your trick-or-treaters it may be the best thing you could do. With childhood obesity on the rise in the US — the rate of childhood obesity has doubled in the past 20 years — what can be done with the buckets of candy to be collected?
Nutrition and Halloween aren’t two words that are usually seen together, but it is possible to promote healthy eating habits during the Halloween season.
Here are some tips:
Have kids’ eat a nutritious meal before they head out for trick-or-treating. This way, they are less likely to fill up on empty calorie foods. Giving kids healthy foods first will reduce the chances of overindulgence.
Try handing out non-food treats such as those found at children’s birthday parties: pencils, notepads, bubbles, noisemakers, etc. If you have leftovers, these treats can easily be stored for use the following year. Just be sure not to pass out choking hazards to young children (coins, rings, etc.).
Passing out sample products from VitaMist for Halloween might be a great way of getting the word out about our products, and with VitaMist offering Children’s Multiple as a unique sample for this month only it can change the life of your little ones that come to your door, and help your VitaMist business
Granola bars, pretzels, cheese and cracker packs, sugar-free gum, packets of instant hot chocolate, raisins, and nuts are some healthy alternatives. (Note that raisins and walnuts are choking hazard for young children).
If you must pass out candy bars, get the smaller fun sized ones. And only give one or two — not a handful — to your trick-or-treaters. Some candy bars have less fat and calories than others- read the labels before you buy.
Ration the loot: Total restriction of candy isn’t healthy- anything that is restricted or denied tends to take on greater appeal. On the other hand, allowing your child to devour an entire bag of candy is a sure bet for a stomachache? Stick to small servings by only allowing your child one or two pieces of candy per sitting as a dessert after a healthy meal. A few days after Halloween, put the candy out of sight and out of mind You can ration out the treats later.
For yourself buy your Halloween candy at the last minute to avoid tempting yourself and other family members. Buy less than you think you will need.
Beware of cavities: Halloween candy, as well as any sticky, sugary food, can easily promote tooth decay. Make sure children brush their teeth well after a candy snack and before going to bed.
Keeping in mind common sense, a little forethought, and moderation, Halloween can remain good, scary, delicious fun for children and adults alike!
Happy Halloween from you VitaMist Family!!!