Tips from MOXIE Lifestyle Fitness Studio for a Healthier Halloween
Your whole family will benefit by making some minor changes for a healthier Halloween.
Halloween is the start to the holiday season that can often lead to overindulgence.
Setting healthy boundaries for you and your family prior to the holiday season can help
keep “lose Holiday weight” off your New Year’s resolutions. Halloween is also a great
opportunity to teach children about moderation and mindful eating; encourage them to
pay attention to how certain foods make them feel and how to limit their indulgences.
Below are my favorite tips for a healthy Halloween:
Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid
temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.
Eat a healthy, filling dinner before going out to a party or trick-or‐treating. An
empty stomach makes candy and snacks more appealing and harder to resist.
Serve a meal with lean protein, healthy fats and vegetables before the festivities.
Offer something other than candy to trick‐or-treaters. Offering non-candy
alternatives has two benefits: it is better for the kids and there are no leftovers
to tempt you afterwards. Granola bars, pretzels, yo-yos, coloring books, bouncy
balls, Legos, or glow sticks are just a few ideas.
Do not eat any candy until the end of the night. You will want to inspect all candy
for any open wrappers or suspicious tampering. To keep kids on board, plan on
weighing the candy math game at the end of the night. This gives kids a goal to
work towards and eating candy would work against that goal. After weighing,
kids can pick out a few of their favorite pieces of candy.
Wear reflective clothing and costumes. Halloween is the most dangerous day of
the year for child pedestrians. Keep you and your family safe by making yourself
easily visible. Glow sticks are easy to wear over any costume and they come in
fun accessories like necklaces and bracelets. Reflective tape can also be added to
costumes for better visibility.
Make the most of your trick-or-treat route. Trick-or‐treating gets the whole
family outdoors and active. So make it count by taking the long way around the
neighborhood, skipping between houses, or having the trick-or‐treaters race
each other from one house to another.
Happy Halloween from MOXIE Lifestyle Fitness Studio!
Article by Carrie Mongtomery, RD