Goblins, ghosts, and witches might scare you, but the real-life health dangers on Halloween are those alluring sugary sweets. Dressed in shiny, colorful wrappers, Reeces, Musketeers, Twix, M&Ms, you name it, are all in full supply and a major temptation for kids and adults alike! Michele McBride, certified diabetes educator at Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center offers tips on how to fight off some of these villains by mixing in healthy food options and fun Halloween activities.
Focus on fun: Get kids excited about Halloween activities like making crafts and costumes, going pumpkin picking, and telling spooky stories to take the focus off of candy.
Fill up on healthy foods: Before trick-or-treating, prepare a healthy meal or snack for kids so they are less likely to fill up on sweets.
Barter with books: Give your kids the option to trade in a portion of their candy for other things like books, toys or games.
Be a healthy host: Host a Halloween party of your own and serve up healthy snacks like fresh veggies, baked chips and crackers, cheese and lean meats. Make nutritious pumpkin recipes, rich in vitamin A, calcium, potassium and fiber.
Limit temptation of treats: Wait to purchase treats, or hide them until the holiday, so that they’re out of sight and out of mind.
For kids with diabetes, keep track of carbs: Avoid a spike in blood sugar by keeping a count of carbs. Some examples: 3 Musketeers Fun-Size Bar=12 grams of carbs, and a Mini pack of plain M&Ms=13 grams.
Tell us how you or your family stays healthy when the Halloween treats tempt you! Do you have any healthy, Halloween recipes to share?