Just Treats, No Tricks!
Ghosts and goblins come out on Halloween night, but perhaps the scariest thing may be the nutrition facts on your candy. While candy in moderation doesn’t bear significant harm, the problem arises when you start to reach for that third chocolate bar– which is when the sugar, saturated fats, and the empty calories start to build a strong case against good judgement.
Last October, the World Health Organization released an article reporting that childhood and adolescent obesity rates have increased tenfold within the past four decades! In the article, Dr Fiona Bull of the World Health Organization offered solutions to reduce the child and adolescent obesity epidemic:
“The WHO encourages countries to implement efforts to address the environments that today are increasing our children’s chance of obesity. Countries should aim particularly to reduce consumption of cheap, ultra-processed, calorie dense, nutrient poor foods.”
This Halloween, why don’t we hand out something that isn’t packed with sugar? Let’s give our kids an alternative and, like Dr Bull says, “reduce consumption of cheap, ultra-processed, calorie dense, nutrient poor foods.”
Let’s do our best to make Halloween a little less spooky. Here are three candy alternatives for a delicious and healthy holiday for you and the kids!– No tricks, only treats.
- Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins
Bananas are an excellent source of fiber, protein, and potassium! You can use a little bit of melted chocolate to make the faces on these Banana Ghosts.
Clementines are packed with flavor and support healthy digestion. Toddlers and kids love this little fruit, and you will love all the nutrition it provides. Peel clementines and stick a small cut of celery in the middle to make a little pumpkin patch.
- Spooky Sandwich
Give your kids this colorful and fun sandwich! Cut up some cheese and cucumber to bring a monster to life and top the eyes with blueberries for a finishing touch.
- Fruit Salad
Carving pumpkins are a bit of a mess but cutting up oranges are much more manageable. Top your orange jack-o-lantern with fruit of your choice such as cut kiwis or blueberries!
At Center for New Medicine, our goal is to provide you with the education and knowledge to lead a healthier life—not just for yourself but your children too.
Our certified nutritionist, Liliana Partida, CN, offers nutritional therapies & evaluations to help you form the most optimal lifestyle possible. She approaches each day with the intention to create success within herself and others. Her programs are based on clinical research and a lifetime of experience. To schedule an appointment with Liliana, call us at (949) 680-1880.