Tips for a healthy, safe Halloween menu
To make Halloween extra special, start the day with a breakfast featuring orange-colored foods: cheesy scrambled eggs and mini pumpkin muffins are good examples.
Halloween eve can be loads of fun and healthy, too. Serve a simple, delicious pre-trick-or-treating dinner before your little ones head out for their Halloween neighborhood walk.
- Turkey chili, cornbread and assorted raw veggies
- Turkey sausage-brown rice stuffed into orange bell peppers halves with fresh apple slices
- Sweet potato soup with pumpkin muffins
If you have plans to go trick-or-treating, here are a few reminders to discuss with your children to keep everyone healthy and safe.
- No snacking on the Halloween treats while Trick-or-treating
- Parents need to inspect all goodies first before the kids can enjoy
- Keep only pre-wrapped items
- Discard homemade candy or baked goodies
- Discard candy with discoloration or tears in the wrappers
Thinking about handing out different treats at your home when the little hobgoblins come around?
Here are some ideas:
- Packets of pretzels or other snack crackers
- Non-food: pencils, markers or stickers
Halloween should be a fun family time, but parents need to be sure that it remains safe and healthy for everyone involved. Start the festivities with a healthy meal prepared at home. It won’t be so tempting to snack while trick-or-treating if tummies are full.
Get the kids involved with the preparation or decorating, like making Halloween inspired placemats for the family. After you return home, decide how the Halloween candy treats will be dispensed throughout the upcoming weeks. Some of the extras can be donated to local nursing homes for their upcoming holiday events. Or crush hard candies and freeze in baggies to use as additions to cake and cupcake batter throughout the upcoming year.
Healthy Halloween recipes to try:
About the Author
Rita Smith is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's been working in the field of nutrition and disease prevention for more than 35 years and currently works at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. Each week, Rita provides nutrition counseling to clients who have a variety of disorders or diseases including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis and weight management. For these clients, food choices can help them manage their health problems.