HALLOWEEN…. this one night can easily set your family up for a week or two or three of sugar overload (plus all the artificial colors and flavors!)
Here are my favorite 3 tricks for having a FUN Halloween without compromising your healthy living too much.
1. Have a healthy themed after school snack or dinner before they start trick or treating. Heathy can be fun too, so why not start the night with jack o lantern stuffed peppers, sweet potato chips and jack o lantern orange fruit cups. Check out my Healthy Halloween Pinterest Board for more ideas. Kids that have a full tummy are less likely to overdo the sugar!
2. Donate Extra Candy. My kids LOVE to Trick or treat and they always return with more candy than they should eat. Much of the candy is the same- Do they really need to eat all 10 snickers bars they got?! No. I let my kids choose 10 snack sized items they want to keep and the rest of the candy is donated.
3. We give out some non candy treats, too! I want my kids to know that holidays are about people and not just the food. We have given out pencils, stickers, bubbles, glow sticks and bouncy balls.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Glow sticks
- Snack bags
- Pencils, erasers, and pencil toppers
- Spooky accessories
- Mini bottles of water
- Halloween-Themed Playdoh
- Halloween stamps
- Glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls
- Mini Flashlights
- Wikki Stix
- Glow-in-the-dark Halloween rubber duckies
- Spooky glow-in-the-dark tattoos
- Boxes of Halloween crayons
- Glow-in-the-dark slime
- Halloween Masks
- Pumpkin decorating sticker kit
- Vampire Fangs
- Spider Rings
- Silly Glasses
- Halloween Finger Puppets
Here are a few cute treats for your Healthier Halloween (check out the Pinterest board for more!)
- Sweet Potato Jack-o-Lantern Chips
- Sweet potatoes, cut into rounds. (don’t use the long,skinny ones!)
- Coconut Oil, melted
- Curry Powder
- Preheat oven to 425F/ 190C
- Use a sharp knife to cut out Jack o lantern shapes. (These take time to cut out so my kids got only one jack-o-lantern each and the rest of their plate contained sweet potato rounds)
- Place a cooling rack on top of a baking tray and place sweet potatoes in a single layer. Coat with oil and seasoning, then turn over to season other side.
- Cook for about 30 minutes.
Spooky Halloween Green Shake
- 3 scoops of KidzShake (any flavor)
- 1 small banana
- 3/4 cup of milk of choice
- 1 handful of spinach
- 4 cubes of ice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until nice and smooth. Pour into a spooky glass and enjoy a healthy start to Halloween.
Jack-o-lantern Fruit cups
- Chop the top off a large orange.
- Cut and scoops out the orange flesh.
- Use a sharp knife to cut out jack-o-lantern face.
- fill with fresh berries.
More for a Healthy Halloween:
Thanks to Dr. Rach at KidzShake for these delicious recipes!