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Hold onto your Healthy Eating Habits this Halloween!

PumpkinMany people often change their eating and exercise habits in the summer, but as soon as fall comes around, those habits tend to slowly fade away. Don’t let the fall holidays push your eating habits aside!

When you think of October people of all ages tend to think of Halloween and Halloween candy. You can celebrate Halloween in a healthy manner without giving up all the treats. You must learn to balance your intake with exercise and plan ahead for healthy meals/snacks. You should also view this holiday more as a time to dress up in costume, play games, participate in Halloween crafts, and celebrate with friends and family rather than a candy celebration.

It is important to work with your family on healthy eating throughout the year. Encourage healthy snacks but don’t battle over it. The most important habit to keep is eating a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t allow Halloween candy to substitute for fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. Also, try to dispose of the Halloween candy after a week or give it away.

Did you know?
Yale University’s Center for Eating and Weight Disorders conducted a research study to see whether children would choose toys over candy when offered both on Halloween. The researchers observed 284 kids between the ages of 3 and 14. They found that children were just as likely to choose toys as candy, regardless of gender!
(J Nutr Educ. Behav. 2003 Jul-Aug; 35 (4): 207-209)

Here are some ideas for healthier Halloween party snacks:

  • Apple cider
  • Apples with yogurt or caramel dip
  • Carrots and low-fat dip
  • Dried apricots
  • Grapes
  • Orange wedges
  • Light popcorn
  • Baked whole-grain tortilla chips and salsa
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Trail mix
  • Snack cups of canned peaches or mandarin oranges in water
  • Lunch-size bags of pretzels or whole-grain crackers
  • Individual packages of raisins
  • Whole-wheat Fig Newtons
  • Ginger snaps
  • Low-fat graham crackers
  • Part-skim mozzarella sticks
  • Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars
  • 100% juice boxes

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