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A Healthier Halloween: Treats Beyond Sweets 🍬

Written by Portland Clinic of Natural Health on October 31, 2023

A Healthier Halloween: Treats Beyond Sweets 🍬

The anticipation of costumes and trick-or-treating fills the air. While sweets and candies are often the stars of the show, we believe that a healthier Halloween is not only possible but also enjoyable. In this newsletter, we'll explore alternative treats and ideas that can make your Halloween celebration both fun and health-conscious.

Rethinking Halloween Treats

Halloween is a time for celebration, creativity, and community, and it doesn't have to revolve solely around sugary confections. Here are some alternative treats and ideas to consider:

  1. Healthy Snacks: Instead of candy, consider handing out individually packaged healthy snacks like small bags of mixed nuts, dried fruit, or popcorn. These options provide a satisfying crunch without the excessive sugar.
  2. Non-Food Treats: Think outside the candy wrapper and offer non-food items such as stickers, small toys, or glow sticks. Kids love surprises and fun trinkets.
  3. DIY Treats: Get creative in the kitchen with homemade treats that use natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. Make pumpkin energy balls, granola bars, or fruit kabobs for a delicious and nutritious option.
  4. Miniature Art Supplies: Tiny art supplies like colored pencils, erasers, or mini sketchbooks can spark creativity and keep kids engaged long after Halloween night.
  5. Activity Coupons: Create coupons for fun activities like a movie night, a trip to the local park, or a special playdate. Kids can redeem them at a later date for memorable experiences.
  6. Pumpkin Decorating: Organize a pumpkin decorating contest instead of traditional candy-focused activities. Provide paint, markers, and decorations for children to transform their pumpkins into works of art.

Healthy Halloween Habits:

  1. Moderation is Key: If you and your family decide to indulge in some Halloween sweets, encourage moderation. Enjoying a few treats mindfully can be part of the fun.
  2. Balance with Nutrient-Rich Foods: Prioritize balanced meals and nutrient-rich snacks before heading out for trick-or-treating. This can help reduce the temptation to overindulge in sweets.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Drinking water throughout the evening can help prevent excessive candy consumption and keep kids hydrated.
  4. Inspect Treats: Take a moment to inspect Halloween treats before consuming them to ensure they are safe and unopened.

Here at PCNH, we believe that Halloween can be both enjoyable and health-conscious. By exploring alternative treats and fostering a balanced approach to celebrations, you can create wonderful memories while prioritizing your health and that of your loved ones.

If you have any questions or need guidance on optimizing your energy levels this fall, simply respond to this email to learn more about becoming our new patient or to schedule a follow-up appointment.

We wish you a safe, happy, and health-conscious Halloween!

- The PCNH Team

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