Tips and tricks for limiting sugar intake on Halloween
With Halloween just around the corner, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation wants to educate children and families on the â€œSpooky Side of Sugarâ€.Â A healthy (and ghoulish)Â Halloween is entirely possible with some additional knowledge and self-control.Â Tossing back sugar has become the norm in our society, but the repercussionsÂ can be frightening. Donâ€™t let itsÂ effects haunt you long after Hallowsâ€™ Eveâ€¦
Fuel up for trick-or-treating
In the midst of the hustle and bustle, slowÂ down and enjoy a healthy dinner with your children. Consider aÂ roast or aÂ simmering soup â€“ a substantial meal that will keep their tummies happy, as theyÂ go knocking fromÂ door-to-door. In between the costumes and facemasks, take theÂ time to ensure your child is getting theÂ adequate nutrients they need. If yourÂ kids feel full while collecting candy, theyâ€™ll be less likely to overindulge!
Pause and read the labels
WhenÂ youâ€™re checking your childrenâ€™s Halloween candy stash, scan the nutritionÂ labels. Donâ€™t just look forÂ sugar; this ingredient can be disguised as glucose,Â fructose, syrup, caramel and more! Remember to look forÂ artificial sugars, too.Â Get rid of those treats! Foods that contain hard-to-pronounce ingredients canÂ actually doÂ more harm to your body than sugar itself. Take a peek into yourÂ fridge and look over the food labels of itemsÂ you have stored, such as saladÂ dressings, tomato sauce, bacon and even sausage.
Toss out leftover candy
It is never a good idea to hold on to pilesÂ of sweets. After a couple of weeks, throw away leftover candy. Itâ€™sÂ suggestedÂ to limit your childâ€™s candy consumption to just one treat a day.Â ChildrenÂ ages 4 to 8 who averageÂ 1,600 caloriesÂ per day shouldÂ limitÂ addedÂ sugarÂ to about 3Â teaspoons (12Â grams)Â aÂ day. With temptationÂ levels at an annual high, monitor your kids and set boundaries â€“ it will doÂ wonders for their health!
Throw a wickedly healthy bash
Shake it up this year and throw a small partyÂ for your kids and their friends. Itâ€™s a great alternative to theÂ traditionalÂ door-to-door trick-or-treating and comes with many great health benefits. GetÂ festive! Set up aÂ snack table with delicious and healthy Halloween treats;Â popular staples are child-friendly apple ciders withÂ cinnamon sticks, pumpkinÂ dip and cookies low in sugar content. Youâ€™ll be the talk of the town in noÂ time!
Recipe: Ravishing Pumpkin Dip
The must-have dip for aÂ healthier, happier Halloween! Super easy to make and packed with nutrients suchÂ asÂ vitamin A and fibre. Kick it up a notch and serve this delightful dip in aÂ mini pumpkin! Cut apples into thin slices (toÂ look like creepy fingers) andÂ youâ€™re set! Vegetarian,Â gluten-free and low in cholesterol
- 3/4 cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat creamÂ cheese
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 24 apple slice