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Healthy Halloween Tips! {Plus Giveaway}

I was able to interview nutritionist, and frequent Today Show guest, Elizabeth Somer!  With Halloween on my mind, I decided to take the opportunity to get her expert advice on what families can do to have a healthier Halloween.

Halloween party with children having fun in fancy costumes

Do you have any recipe ideas for getting kids to eat vegetables on a day when they’ll be eating loads of sugar?

Kids should be eating more vegetables every day, not just on days when they will be trick-or-treating! Kids are most likely to eat vegetables when they are pared with a familiar food. So serve baby carrots with peanut butter or lightly steam broccoli flowerets and sprinkle with grated cheese. Grate carrots into a bean burrito, puree cooked vegetables and add to soup stock, grate zucchini into spaghetti sauce, add frozen peas to canned soups.

What suggestions do you have for making a classroom Halloween party healthy?

The kids will be overdosed on junk tonight, so don’t bring it into the classroom today. Instead, serve apple slices, orange sections, and banana chunks to dunk in yogurt. Serve Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice with fun Halloween straws.

Do you have any fun and healthy ideas for things parents can hand out to trick or treaters?

Small bags of nuts, granola bars, cartons or small single serve bottles of orange juice.

How do you recommend rationing the candy they get trick or treating? Are you in the camp of eat whatever you want that day, and donating the rest? Or rationing to a few pieces a day?

Personally, I believe it doesn’t matter. It was my kids’ stash and I let them do as they will. Typically, they ate a lot that night and maybe the next day, then the bag sat in their room for weeks. I sometimes tossed a few handfuls in the garbage after about a week to reduce the load, but it went stale before it got eaten anyway. It also depends on the age of the child. A small child loses interest and it’s easy to deplete the stash with fistfuls tossed in the garbage. As a child gets older, they need to learn to self-monitor themselves in all areas of life, so I left more and more of the decision-making process up to them. But, the message is a year-around message to take care of yourself, eat well, love your body, stay fit. It’s not a one-night issue.

What would you feed your kids for dinner on Halloween night?

The same thing I’d feed them any night. Healthy foods, such as chicken breast, sweet potatoes, green peas, milk, fruit for dessert.


For more Healthy Halloween food ideas, check out my pinterest board!

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A big thank you to Tropicana for providing these coupons and this interview!  We love to put the Tropicana Pure Premium OJ in our smoothies, and have always been a fan!



161 Comments

pollyanna

we always do stickers with halloween themes my kids LOVE putting all over them and we have print out too.

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Janalyn H.

I find just getting fun little Halloween prizes, like balls, stickers, pencils, erasers, etc. works great.

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Janalyn H.

This year I stocked up on School supplies (pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpners, etc.) while they were super cheap, so I am going to be handing out those.

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Emily G

I noticed that they market/package pretzle packs for Halloween now, I think that’s a great idea.

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Emily G

I haven’t seen them in years, but when I was young we always got at least one set of the wax or plastic dracula teeth in our loot.

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I just hand out Halloween chotchkies. As far as the candy goes since we have food sensitivities we pick out a few items that are ok and the kids trade the rest in for a small toy or other item they’ve been wanting.

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jamie

Last year we handed out juice boxes. I think I’ll do the same this year. That way when we have leftovers, I’m not eating mini Twix all day long 😉

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Cathie

One year, I dressed up as Santa, played Christmas music, put up lights, and handed out peppermints.

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Cathie

Oriental Trading Company has lots of non-candy, cost effective options, like sticky hands, bubbles, those clacker toys…

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Terra Hsu

Our favorite place to trick or treat as kids gave out one handful of small change to each kid. Pennies & nickels mostly, but a huge deal to us!

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Emily C.

The Yummy Earth lollipops are chemical-free and non-allergenic so they might be a compromise for something sweet.

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Kat

I always buy a bunch of small toys from the dollar store. There are balls, playing cards, jacks, small dinosaurs, pencils, ect. The kids love to pick!

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Mary

coins. My 2 year old loves to put money in his “money pig” right now, and it teaches children how to save money.

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Nicole

Mini bubbles or sticky hands (You know, those sticky hands with a tale you can whip around and stick to glass.) Stickers are a favorite too. Last year a friend did glow sticks from the dollar store.

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pollyanna

I though about another thing that we always give way on Halloween is glow sticks to make bracelets, they love them:)

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One year I got a case of toothbrushes from my dentist to hand out. I told them what I wanted to do and they actually gave them to me for free! And that way the kids could eat a bunch of candy and then go home and brush those potential cavities away!

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Allicia

Giving out bouncy balls would be a fun things for kids to play with and would last at least a little bit longer than candy.

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I love it when my kids get the juice boxes! The little trinkets from Oriental Trading Company sound like a good idea, too :).

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pollyanna

the other things we put in the goody bags are bubbles small ones and glow in the dark sticks

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I seriously loved getting a new toothbrush at our dentist’s house each year. We complained, but I think we all loved it 🙂

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Shari

We like to hand out glow stick bracelets or necklaces. They add safety and they’re fun!

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brandi Victory

We give the little ring flashlights. Kids love those, I know mine do and its like a built in safety feature (you always know where they are) they can’t help but turn them on.

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McKenzey

You could hand out brown bag popcorn that you microwave. That way you could make it yourself and put something cute on the bag.

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McKenzey

You could find a local store that does yogurt and get them to let you buy coupons to redeem for a small yogurt cone.

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McKenzey

homemade mini muffins that you can sneak sweet potato in or some other fruit or veggie

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Colleen

Dark Chocolate. I like sticking close to traditional candy-giving on Halloween and a little bit of good quality dark chocolate is a sweet treat with those antioxidants included! 🙂

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mary a.

I don’t usually give anything out at home since I work the church fall festival. But we give out non candy treats there and the kids seem to enjoy that more than candy.

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Rita

I don’t give out candy but instead opt to take my kids to the church gatherings. We usually make treats to take like popcorn balls.

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Rita

Kids always love toys as well so we will get little things to share like a desk of learning cards

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we had one neighbor when I was little who would hand out coins (like a quarter or a dime). We thought we had hit the jackpot 🙂

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Balloons! just get a big bag of fun colors and hand out out 1 or 2 (I’m guessing these wouldn’t be any more of a choking hazard than the little candies that get handed out)

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Audra2girls

Handing out? Well, since we only have a handful of trick or treaters in our neighborhood, I wanted to make popcorn balls, but since it Halloween came a lot faster than I planned, it was bubble gum.

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