Halloween is the sweet time of the year where you can eat as much candy as you want. However, this holiday is not all about fun. On one hand, you don’t want to spoil the holiday spirit by avoiding candy completely and forbid your children from consuming any. On the other hand, you want to continue having a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet for both you and your family. Luckily, there are some tips that you can follow if you want to learn how to have a healthy Halloween.
Portion control and weight loss
Weight management is not always easy nor fun, but it’s something that you must think of especially during the holidays. Calorie intake is the first think you must keep in mind. The key to avoid gaining weight during Halloween is to choose normal portions and avoid excess food.
How to avoid temptations
Here’s a good trick that you can use. Instead of buying Halloween candy days before the event, buy the candy the same day if you want to avoid any temptations. If you go shopping for candy, always buy less than what you think you are going to eat. Also, buy the type of candy that you’re not a big fan of to avoid eating them before giving them away.
Moreover, certain discounts on Halloween treats may contain allergens. The most common allergens are peanuts, nuts, milk and eggs. Some treats, like chocolate, can contain allergens which are not declared on the label. The undeclared allergens found most often in chocolate are peanuts, nuts and milk proteins. In order to avoid allergies, it’s important to read labels carefully and pay attention to the list of ingredients. Also, do not give your child products that the warnings contain the statement “may contain…”
What to do with leftover candy
Many pediatric dentists offer to buy candy from children, usually at about the cost of a US dollar (USD) per pound. If your children like to have some extra pocket money, they may be willing to give some of their candy to earn some money. You can also set up your own Halloween crafts candy. Buy fun Halloween accessories, and then offer a price for a certain amount of candy. For example, you could buy a five to six dollars Halloween stuffed animal for 50 to 100 pieces of candy. You can have an annual auction after Halloween to make it a fun activity that children feel they are gaining rather than losing.
How to limit a child’s intake after Halloween
You can always put a daily limit on the amount of candy that each child will consume. Also, when a child seems hyperactive after eating sweets, it’s best to limit consumption to a few hours a day. Usually, allowing children to eat one or two pieces a day is enough, usually after school instead of during school. Allow them to choose two pieces of candy after a healthy snack, such as vegetable sticks, fruit, a glass of milk, yogurt, etc.