Halloween is fast approaching, and it's scarier than you think. What's terrifying about Halloween? Is it the annual Zombie walk through downtown, or gaining some pounds?
A healthy Halloween doesn't have to be scary. In this special Halloween edition newsletter, I am sharing some simple tips to help create a healthy Halloween for both you and your family!
1. Skip the prepackaged candies. Scare off those Halloween pounds by preparing healthy snacks without missing out on the Halloween fun! If you are planning to hold a Halloween party at home, treat your friends with fun homemade and healthy goodies. Prepare spooky, cute and healthy snacks for the kids who visit your home. One of our neighborhood favorite spooky treats is filling a plastic glove with fresh popped popcorn and using raisins and sunflower seeds for the fingernails!
3. Be a good role model to your kids. You can help kids enjoy Halloween without overindulging. Consume Halloween treats in moderation yourself. Remember, kids tend to imitate the behaviors or actions they see from other people. Keep your family's favorite fruits and veggies in sight and have them readily available to snack on.
4. Don’t buy candy until October 31st. Why? A bag full of your favorite candies lurking somewhere in your house can be very tempting. Buy candy at the last possible chance and give away leftovers to avoid temptation. So here’s the plan - buy only as much as you need.
5. Divert your attention away from the temptations. It may include reading a book, taking a walk and playing with your kids. Encourage your kids to make healthy Halloween treats together. Kids will surely love the time together experimenting with new recipes!
6. Be more physically active. Schedule time to sweat on Halloween. Prepare some active fun games before indulging in treats. These will encourage your kids to get up and move. Activities such as jump rope, hacky sack and bouncy ball are fun games they will enjoy. Find fun ways to keep yourself and your kids physically active for a healthy Halloween!
7. Arrange a party-stop with the neighbors. Coordinate with your neighbors to organize a party-stop. The kids will be kept entertained for hours and might stop from collecting more candies. I'm pretty sure that you will enjoy it as well.
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