Chanhassen Weight Loss Expert and Nutrition Coach, Janell Yule, BS, CPT, FDN Gives Halloween Tips for a Healthy Holiday
As I write this, I am looking out at our backyard and the beautiful fall scenery! The leaves are yellow, orange, and red and cover the ground. One of my favorite parts of fall is hearing the sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet. We are continuing to have wonderful fall weather in MN right now. It is reminding us all why we choose to live here. Hopefully we can call on these memories in the middle of January when the frigid temperatures hit.
This time of year also brings one of many people’s favorite holidays, HALLOWEEN! Costumes, trick-or-treating, and LOADS of candy are the basis of this fall holiday. BUT what if Halloween was MORE about the costumes, activities, and less about the the candy? What if you decided to be the house to hand out a non-candy item this Halloween? One thing is for sure, you won’t have kids that are on a sugar rush for days…
Focusing on events/activities around the Halloween holiday is a much healthier choice than making it solely about treats and candy. Participating in fall/Halloween activities can be fun for the whole family and can continue as traditions for years to come. Below are just a couple of ideas.
Head to a local farm where you can pick apples and/or pumpkins. This is a wonderful family activity on a nice fall day. Don’t think the only thing you can do with pumpkins is carve them, you can also roast pumpkins. Stay tuned for some recipes using roasted pumpkin…
Attend a local fall event. This could range from a community Halloween party, parade, or a corn maze. Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival is local and quite popular. You could also attend an event like the Pumpkin Fest at 50th and France in Edina. If you have older kids, you may want to go to a haunted barn or haunted house, there are many that are local and some simply ask for a donation for entry.
Tips for Trick-or-Treating
Kids love to go trick-or-treating on Halloween. As parents who are care about their kid’s health and well being, the amount of candy received while trick-or-treating can be a bit concerning. Halloween is an opportunity for you to educate your kids about what sugar does to their bodies and why it is not good for them. Below are some tips for trick-or-treating that can ensure your kids won’t be eating their Halloween candy until Christmas.
Feed your kids a good healthy dinner of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats before heading out the door to trick-or-treat. That way they aren’t starving and eating candy as they go!
Limit the amount of houses that your kids go to for trick-or-treating. Keep it to your close neighbors, friends, and family. When I was a kid, we only went to a handful of houses of people we knew very well to show off our costumes:-)
Let them pick out 2 or 3 of their favorite pieces of candy that night and then put the rest away. From there you can decide if you will allow them a piece each day for awhile or if you get rid of it completely.
Take Halloween candy to a dentist office, many buy Halloween candy and then send it overseas to troops. There are also other places where you can simply donate Halloween candy. After your kids have picked out some of their favorites, consider one of the above options for the rest.
And my favorite, present the Switch Witch. You can buy a box set with the book HERE. I wish the Switch Witch would have existed when I was growing up! What a great concept. Well, what exactly is the Switch Witch? The Switch Witch lives on the dark side of the moon. She LOVES candy. The Switch Witch loves candy so much that she’s eager to trade toys to girls and boys in exchange for their candy stash. The girls and boys can choose to keep a little candy for themselves, but the more they give the Switch Witch, the better their toy will be! The Switch Witch eats the candy over the course of the year. Just when she runs out it’s Halloween time again and time for another visit from the Switch Witch.
Hand out non-candy items at your house. Glow sticks, temporary tattoos, mini play-doh containers, or Halloween themed mini-toys are just a few ideas. Food Allergy Research & Education is encouraging communities to start a new tradition this Halloween and participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or treaters and painting a pumpkin teal to place in front of their house. Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise, as is the number of people on-board with eating whole, real, non GMO, unprocessed foods. This is wonderful for those who want to avoid gluten and other common food sensitivities/allergies as well as lots of high fructose corn syrup.
Making a homemade, grain-free, low sugar treat at home is a great way to round off your Halloween festivities. I scoured some of my favorite sites and found several YUMMY, not to be confused with MUMMY…haha…Halloween-like recipes for you to try!
I wish all of you a healthy and happy Halloween!!!
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!
Janell Yule, BS, CPT, FDN
Janell Yule, BS, CPT, FDN is the Chief Nutrition Officer of Fitness Revolution in Chanhassen, MN. She also provides Functional Diagnostic Nutrition testing and tele-coaching to clients across the nation. To learn more about this service simply CLICK HERE.
Janell holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Wellness with a Minor in Psychology. Janell is also a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner, as well as a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Janell has been helping clients achieve their weight loss and fitness goals since 2005, and was voted as Best Coach in Chanhassen in 2008. Today she partners with her husband, Justin Yule, and helps local Chanhassen area residents achieve their health & fitness goals at Chanhassen Fitness Revolution. To contact Janell for training, education or to have her speak at an event please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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