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Wellness Wednesday: How to eat healthy this Halloween

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Dietician Rebecca Turner showed us how to enjoy a Spooktacular healthy Halloween.

With the chance to dress up in costume and stock up on sweets, Halloween is the highlight of the year for many kids — from toddlers to teens.

But Halloween also marks the beginning of candy season with the Holidays just around the corner, it can be a frustrating time for parents who encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious diet.

On the one hand, you want to let kids indulge and enjoy the holiday. On the other, you don't want to undermine all the work you do the rest of the year maintaining a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. And you don't want to confuse kids with mixed messages.

Why should parents carve out a healthier Halloween?

Most children don't get enough of the key vitamins and minerals they need each day, so teaching children to select nutrient-rich foods is more important than ever. That begins with creating healthier holidays, and I think we'd all agree Halloween is a great place to start! Halloween should certainly be about having fun, but there are lots of fun, healthy snacks parents can give away instead of candy

Healthier Halloween Treats

  • Fun sized pretzels, crispy rice treats, or gold fish on the Halloween aisle. 
  • Cocoa mix, microwave popcorn, or string cheese. 
  • Small oranges, apples, raisin boxes, or dried fruit.

Non-food Festive Treats

  • Wacky straws, water bottles, or snack containers. 
  • Crayons, coloring books, pencils, and stickers. 
  • Festive glow-in-dark rings, bracelets, or masks.

Share Extra Goodies

  • Donate extra candy to a local food pantry. 
  • Find services that ship care packages to the military overseas. 
  • Don't be afraid to toss it, if the amount is out of hand.

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