Tips for a Heart-Healthy Halloween

Tips for a Heart-Healthy HalloweenHalloween is a fun day, when children get to dress as their favorite superhero, Disney princess or any creepy character. Of course, Halloween is also the sweetest time of the year when children can collect and eat as much candy as they want.

Yes, it’s just one day per year, but with the increasing rate of obesity and cavities, health experts see this candy-filled holiday as a nightmare. But don’t worry; your spooky soiree can be both fun and healthy with a few simple tips.

Eat before trick-or-treating

Instead of making sweet treats and candy off-limits, it would be a good idea to serve your family with a healthy dinner first. Then, bring out the sweet treats once they have finished their food. If your kids are full, then they won’t be tempted to eat too much candy afterwards.

Remember balance

If your child eats well all year long, then you don’t have to worry with letting them eat candies on this day. It’s what kids eat every day that has the most impact on their health and nutrition. Of course, moderation is the key.

To limit their intake of sweets, prepare healthy snacks like sweet potato fries or fruits.

Stay active

Don’t focus too much on the food. To get the kids moving, plan some fun activities and games like a relay race or costume parade. Instead of driving the kids, encourage them to walk from the house.

Practice portion control

Before all the fun begins, it is important to talk to your kids about when and how much candy they are allowed to eat. You can also provide smaller portions. Instead of full-sized treats, give them smaller cookies and brownies, miniature muffins and cupcakes.

Serve them with bite-size treats instead of leaving everything on the table. This way, you can control the amount of sweets each child consumes.