Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Make It A HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Happy Halloween to all. As a mom, registered dietitian, lover of candy (yes, I am!) and once a child who waited eagerly for Halloween to roll around, I can't imagine it without candy! Here is how you can make it work:
  • Put a great emphasis on giving your kids healthy meals on Halloween. They don't have to be complicated! Some quick suggestions.
      • Oatmeal, skim milk and fresh fruit (try grating some apple on top of oatmeal with a sprinkle of cinnamon), Peanut Butter sandwich on 100% whole grain bread with sliced banana for lunch, and something to fill up their tummy before they go out like a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato and lowfat cheese with baked sweet potato fries.
  • Don't be the candy grinch. It is one night a year and I think that with some monitoring by mom and dad, candy intake can be contained!
  • Let your kids know before they go out that when they get home they can pick a few pieces of candy from their bag for the rest of the week and the leftover candy will be given away the next day. Many dentist and orthodontist offices collect candy and some even give one cent for every pound brought in!

    Baked apples are a really easy and healthy snack to make. Core your apples, put a teaspoon of 100% fruit jelly in the core and pour some diet cherry/grape soda over the apples to cover about 1-2 inches. Bake at 350 for 45 mins to an hour. They can be served warm and even more delicious, refrigerate and eat cold the next day.

    I AM WRITING THIS BY CANDLELIGHT IN THE MIDST OF SANDY! FOR ALL OF YOU ON THE EAST COAST, STAY SAFE!

    4 comments:

    1. How about also asking kids to counterbalance their candy choice with a healthy choice? For example, sprinkling a fun size Kit Kat bar over a nonfat Greek yogurt. This way, both kids and parents are happy.
      -JPenalba (Nutrition109)

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