You don’t need a doctor to tell you that Halloween can be a time of sugary sweets overload. If you’re trying to teach your family about eating healthy, what do you do? Together, we can help kids learn to enjoy the holidays without overindulging.
One way is to not hand out high-calorie candy at your home. Instead, promote healthier choices by offering less sugary treats. It’s also a great way to be more inclusive of children who may have diabetes or other dietary restrictions.
Here are some great alternatives to try – that are cool enough for even the most discerning trick-or-treaters.
• Stickers – because what little one doesn’t love stickers? • Sugarless chewing gum: Dentists will love you because they recommend it to help fight tooth decay. • 100-calorie packs of snack products • Snack-size boxes of raisins, trail mix or dried fruit • 100% juice boxes • Sugar-free hot chocolate packets • Single-serve packets of popcorn • Mini-boxes of pretzels, Goldfish crackers or crackers with cheese • Cereal bars • Gummy candy made with real fruit • Temporary tattoos. • Plastic jewelry: There’s glam, grown-up looking jewelry, Halloween themed, and even bubble rings for blowing bubbles. • More Halloween-themed accessories: Glow sticks, glow-in-the-dark trinkets, eye patches, key chains and more. • Pocket-sized toys and games. Consider miniature playthings such as yo-yos, bubble blowers, card games, finger puppets and more. • Wendy’s Jr. Frosty coupons. Proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation, whose goal is to increase adoption of children in the foster care system. This is a good treat in moderation, under 200 calories with calcium and protein.
From all of us at YourTown Health, be safe and have a happy, healthy Halloween!
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Kids really love Halloween – the costumes, the candy and those crazy-scary movies. To help ensure their night is safe as well as fun, here are some tips from YourTown Health.
Because it’s all about dressing up:
● Make sure they’re seen: Have your child carry a glowstick or flashlight, and add reflective tape to your child’s costume. ● Wings, capes and tails, oh my! Avoid anything too oversized that can cause kids to trip or could come into contact with flames. ● Watch the accessories, too. Prop guns and knives could be mistaken for the real thing. Make sure canes, sticks and swords aren’t sharp or too long. ● Makeup can be a better choice than a mask because it won’t block vision. If your getup calls for a mask or hat, ensure your child’s eyesight isn’t hindered. ● Decorative contact lenses should never be used. They can cause eye infections that could lead to permanent vision loss.
Staying safe at home and away:
● Never assume a car can see you and will stop. According to SafeKids.org, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day. ● A parent or adult should always accompany young children. ● If older children are going out, agree to a route beforehand and a specific time for them to return home. ● Stay on well-lit streets and only go to homes with a porch light on. (Yours should be on, too.) ● Remove anything from your yard or front porch that could cause a child to trip. (That includes wet leaves.) ● Teach kids never to enter a home or a car for a treat. ● Carry a flashlight and a cellphone with you. ● Discourage your inexperienced teen driver from driving on Halloween.
The Halloween treats:
• Tell your child to wait until he or she gets home before eating any candy. Check it carefully and throw away anything that’s unwrapped or spoiled. This is also important if your child is allergic to nuts. • Think healthier treats like stickers, bubbles and spooky jewelry, or gum, sunflower seeds, mini pretzels, raisins, and coupons for smoothies or frozen yogurt.
From all of us at YourTown Healthy, we wish you a spook-tacular Halloween!
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