Tips for having a fun and healthy Halloween for the whole family!
Monday, October 27, 2014
Start by making good candy choices at the store by avoiding the candy you love so that you’re not so temped to eat it before, during and after Halloween night. Then, once you’re home, keep candy out of sight and out of mind. Don’t even open the candy package before Halloween night. Instead, put it in the pantry or cupboard, and continue to keep healthy snacks easily accessible.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Parents should be good role models! Take the emphasis off consuming candy this week and focus on the fun of the holiday: making costumes and decorations and watching fun Halloween movies. If children see you sneaking candy, it will likely make them want it more. Plan to be extra active this week especially on Halloween night- walk everywhere you trick or treat instead of driving. As a guideline, to “burn off” an additional 200 calories of Halloween treats you need to: walk 40 minutes, run 20 minutes or bicycle 25 minutes (based on a 150 lb. person). Walking the kids around the neighborhood on Halloween night will be a great start!
Wednesday, October 28, 2014
Discuss the candy expectations before Halloween night! Decide with your children a reasonable amount of candy to eat that night. Specialists encourage letting kids choose three to five pieces of candy. Below are samples of some common Halloween candies and their calorie contents. This doesn’t include the lack of nourishment and teeth damage they can provide as well!
- Candy Corn, 20 pieces = 130 calories
- Little Fun Size Bars of Nestle’s Crunch, Snicker’s, Milky Way, Kit Kat, Hershey’s chocolate, Reese’s PB Cup, Butterfinger, Twix, Almond Joy, or similar = 70-100 calories each
- Peanut M&M’s – 2 Fun Size Packs = 180 calories
- M&M’s – 2 Fun Size Packs = 140 calories
- York Peppermint Pattie – 1 pattie = 70 calories
- Milk Duds – 1 treat size box = 40 calories
- SweetTarts – 1 treat size pack = 50 calories
- 1 Tootsie Pop – 1 pop = 60 calories
- 1 Tootsie Roll – 1 small roll = 13 calories
- Twizzlers – 1 treat size pack= 45 calories
Thursday, October 30, 2014
What is the most important meal of the day on Halloween? Dinner! Plan to feed your family a balanced filling dinner before trick or treating so they won’t be ravenous while running from house to house. Some good meal choices to keep them energetic and full:
- Chili with beans
- Fish or lean meat tacos
- Lentil soup and sandwiches
- Spaghetti with high fiber noodles and lean meat sauce
- Stir fry with brown rice
- High fiber pasta salads with soups or stews
Friday, October 31, 2014 Happy Halloween!
Check and inspect before you eat candy. Suggest kids wait to eat candy until they get home, where parents can inspect the wrappers to ensure they’re tightly sealed and safe to eat. Then afterwards, to keep intake in moderation, plan to divide the leftover candy into small bags of two or three of their favorite candies. Place these bags in a box up high and let your kids pick out one bag each day. Consider donating the rest to others, such as dentist offices’, most of which will gladly take them. You can consider having your kids “trade the candy in” for something better such as books, toys, or something of your choosing if they have a difficult time parting with it. Don’t take left over candy to work! No need to sabotage the healthy efforts of co-workers! If you find that you have over indulged just own it, move on, and stay focused one day at a time. The holidays can be a challenging 3-month period for health and weight loss, so weight maintenance may be a more realistic goal.