All the Halloween treats at the supermarket got you spooked? With a little creativity, you can find fun ways to include some healthy options in the mix, whether you’re having a party with friends or taking to the streets for a little trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood.
Make this Halloween a healthier one with these healthy tips for party snacks and trick-or-treats. Ideas so good, it’s scary!
Fill up first
Don’t let your kids leave the house without having something healthy to eat first. This will help reduce their temptation to dig into their stash while walking or to overindulge because their tummies will be fuller.
Rather than having a giant bag, give them a smaller container to collect their sugary loot in. Encourage your kids to only take one treat from each house, that way they will be able to visit more houses, and hope that someone has put out some carrot sticks instead.
Make Halloween a fun family activity. Use this opportunity for everyone to walk together. Why not set a goal of how many houses or streets you’ll visit, or split up into teams and see who can visit the most.
Pack a water bottle
Be sure to pack a water bottle to make sure your little ones stay hydrated. All that running around and sugar can leave your kids feeling unwell, so be sure they drink plenty of water.
Read the labels
Be sure that the treats your kids are getting are not expired. Don’t let your kids eat anything with questionable or unknown ingredients, especially if they have food allergies.
Plan it out
Halloween can be a great time to talk with kids about moderation and making smart eating choices. Use this time as an opportunity to learn good habits and treating yourself responsibly. Plan in advance how many treats they’ll be allowed to take, keep, and eat. Make a plan for what you’re going to do with the excess lollies and chocolates.
Play with your food
Make a little extra effort and serve healthy snacks in disguise. There are lots of creative ideas on Pinterest like some of these favourites.
Love these cute little ghost by NoBiggie.net. You could also dip your bananas in chocolate.
This idea from thedecoratedcookie.com is brilliant because you can put anything in those cups. Think cut fruit, veggies, nuts, pretzels, popcorn.
A spooky and inexpensive idea from countryliving.com. These monsters look great and are super tasty!
Don't have the time or creativity? These mummies are so easy to make, just wrap fruit and bandages and stick on some googly eyes. Easy!
A trick and a treat in one delicious mouthful. These cookies are so tasty, you wouldn't even know they're healthy!