I’ve become a bit of a food snob in recent years, and I’m proud of it! If you’re going to look down your nose at anything, fattening, processed foods with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and artificial flavors and colors seem like a good thing to be snooty about.
By Rachel Begun, MS, RD
I may be a dietitian and advocate for healthy foods most of the time, but I believe every child should enjoy and engage in the traditions and festivities of Halloween, including those who have to eat gluten free.
It all comes down to planning ahead and parents and children deciding together what their fun and safe celebration should look like. Here are some ideas to get the discussion going:
Are your kids away at camp this summer? If so, we’ll give you a moment to celebrate. (Hallelujah!)
While they’re busy crafting and canoeing, show them some love – while pampering them with products that are actually good for them! Send a special care package with these healthy favorites from Vitacost.com:
Most of us think of Peeps and Cadbury Eggs when we think about Easter baskets, but there are many ways to thrill and delight the people we love this Sunday without the extra calories.
I remember giving my kids baskets when they were little. They’d lose interest in the sugary goodies after a few days—and then I was the one picking at it all week! I would grab a piece, get a sugar high and then crash fast—leading me to feel bad, both physically and mentally, because I’d eaten it and knew I shouldn’t have. There’s nothing worse than a case of chocolate bunny remorse, so eventually, I’d throw it away just to get it out of my sight!
But now more people are filling Easter baskets with non-edible treats, which is a much healthier way to make the holiday fun. Here are some fun, themed basket ideas from a much more health-conscious version of the Easter Bunny.
Thanks to the frightening amount of sugary candy available, Halloween isn’t usually a holiday that’s synonymous with health, but a little planning can fix that. Follow these five tips to make sure this Halloween is a healthy one for you and your kids!
1. Be a good role model by passing out healthy Halloween treats to the neighborhood kids, and by limiting your own candy consumption.
2. Set limits on the amount of candy your kids eat by encouraging them to share the candy with others or trade it in for coins or small toys.
3. Avoid cavities by limiting sticky or chewy candy that can get stuck in teeth and encouraging kids to brush and floss right away after eating Halloween candy.
4. Fill up on healthy foods first. Before kids head out for trick-or-treating, make sure they eat a healthy dinner to keep them from snacking on candy.
5. Turn candy wrappers into a nutrition lesson – have your kids read the nutrition facts and ingredients lists of different candies to teach them about calories, fat, sugar and “yucky” ingredients such as artificial dyes, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and more.
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