Halloween kicks off a season of treats. Many of the treats are sweet and contain added sugar, which is considered empty calories. In fact, in some foods, like most candies and sodas, all the calories are empty calories.
Families can still be mindful of healthy eating habits during celebrations. Here are some ideas.
- Serve a selection of healthy snacks first, followed by one sweet treat.
- Make treats special and not every day foods.
- Serve sweet treats with natural sugar that use our Maryland fall bounty: hot apple cider, baked apples, pumpkin bread (use maple syrup or honey instead of sugar), pumpkin-pineapple cocktails, or create your own ghoulish fruit and yogurt (plain) smoothie.
- Serve water instead of fruit juice or soda. Try adding cut fruit such as citrus fruit, apples, watermelon chunks, herbs, or cucumbers for flavor without added sugar.
- Give away non-edible prizes instead of candy.
- Add movement to your celebration!
- Participate in the MONSTER BASH, October 31st ~ Rain or Shine at Takoma Park Recreaton, 7500 Maple Avenue: Annual Costume Contest – 1:00 p.m., Costume Parade – Approximately 2:15 p.m.
- Turn on some Halloween-themed music and dance; add a freeze command for variety.
- Organize your own running race with your family and friends in a nearby park…in your costumes.
- Learn all you can about added sugars to make informed decisions: