Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

Insider’s Viewpoint: Trick-or-Treat Tips for a Happy & Healthy Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner! With the chance to dress up in fun costumes and stock up on treats, it’s no wonder Halloween is a favorite holiday for both kids and adults. If you plan to take your kids trick-or-treating, use these simple tips to keep it fun, healthy and safe:

5 Trick-or-Treat Tips

  1. Eat a healthy meal or snack before trick-or-treating. Going trick-or-treating on an empty stomach can lead to overeating, so be sure your kids eat a nourishing meal or snack beforehand.
  2. Choose the right bag. Make sure your child’s trick-or-treat bag is appropriate for their age, and is never bigger than a shopping bag.
  3. Think outside the box. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages families to consider handing out non-food items to trick-or-treaters. While Halloween is usually known for candy and treats, handing out non-food items like temporary tattoos, stickers, bubbles and glow sticks is important to consider for kids with food allergies. An easy way to know if a house is handing out non-food treats is to look for a teal-colored pumpkin outside the home.
  4. Teach portion control. If you have leftover candy after Halloween, pair it with a healthy snack like fruit, yogurt or milk and limit to one or two treats per day. This is also a good time to teach kids about enjoying special treats in moderation.
  5. Have fun! Halloween is once a year and is meant for fun and indulgence. It’s what you eat every day or the majority of the time that has the largest impact on your health.
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Healthy Idea! Veggie Skeleton
Looking for a quick and festive Halloween treat to make with your kiddos? Try a veggie skeleton!

  1. Choose an assortment of your favorite colorful veggies: bell pepper strips, cauliflower, broccoli florets, cucumber rounds, celery sticks, baby carrots, snap peas, mushrooms and more!
  2. Arrange the veggies in the shape of a skeleton. Have fun with this and get your kids involved!
  3. Kids are more likely to eat veggies when they are paired with a dip. For the ‘head’ of the skeleton, use hummus or a dip. To make a quick ranch dip that’s ready in no time, mix plain Greek yogurt with ranch dip seasoning mix.
  4. Enjoy!

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