Healthy Children - October 2012


Festive Fit Tips

What are you being this Halloween?

How about healthy?!
A few simple tweaks to your trick-or-treating routine can help you keep all the frightful fun of Halloween while avoiding the scary consequences of candy overload. As you and your family try on different costumes this season, try out some of PHA’s Halloween tips:

  1. Go the distance if you dare. Map out a trick-or-treat route for your kids to help them explore the neighborhood while getting in some serious activity.
  2. Carve nutrients out of a Jack-o-Lantern. In addition to being wickedly wonderful Halloween décor, pumpkins are incredibly healthy, filled with vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium.
  3. Make the magic last. Rather than be haunted by the stomachache – and guilt – that inevitably follow Halloween candy binges, encourage your kids to limit their treats to a few of their favorites on the big day. Before Halloween hits, decorate some old shoeboxes with your kids where they can store their candy and then keep the leftovers out of sight and out of reach. Allow them to enjoy small amounts every day – perhaps a piece in their lunch or after dinner – until the supply runs out.


Dress Up Your Recipe Collection

As decorations for your front porch, pumpkins are all about what they look like on the outside. But just like the rest of us, it’s really what’s on the inside that counts.

Pump up the nutrients by turning those leftovers from your kids’ Jack-o-Lantern carving sessions into foods for every meal on Halloween.


Start off the day by flipping out with Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes.


Warm up those goosebumps with Pumpkin and Bean Soup.


Pair whatever comes out of the witch’s brew with a slice of Pumpkin Bread.


Go stir crazy by sticking a spoon in some Pumpkin Pudding.

Reprinted from: Partnership for a Healthier America.