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Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Is it possible to have a healthy Halloween? It sure is!

Dr. Patricia has some tips to help your family have a healthy and fun Halloween:

  • Let children know ahead of time about the healthy Halloween plan

  • Increase family exercise the week of Halloween

  • Serve healthy family meals all week, especially on the day of Halloween

  • Instead of focusing on candy, focus on Halloween history, pumpkin patches, and fun activities

  • Inspect all treats for safety

  • Allow children to enjoy their treats that day

  • The day after Halloween, let them choose two of their favorites and get rid of the rest

Hand out alternatives to candy to avoid having leftover candy at home:

  • Pencils

  • Stickers

  • Play-Doh

  • Trading cards

  • Non-sugary treats such as bags of plain popcorn, nuts, seeds, or raisins

Halloween party tips:

  • Get everyone moving with music and games

  • Serve healthy foods: raw fruits and veggies, whole grain crackers, cheese, lean meats

  • Have lots of water available (no soda, fruit juice or sugary drinks)

  • Have Halloween-themed cookie cutters to make sandwiches and fruits more festive and fun

Check out this healthy and delicious Halloween recipe:

Butternut Squash and Granny Smith Apple Soup


  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, diced

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and choppe

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into pieces

  • 1 quart, low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth


  • Sauté onions and carrots until onions are softened, about 5-7 minutes.

  • Add chopped squash and apple and cook for 2 minutes. Add broth

  • Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes

  • Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth, working in two batches if necessary.

Nutrition Facts: Per Serving: Calories 119, Calories from Fat 17, Total Fat 1.9g (sat 0.2g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 38mg, Carbohydrate 23g, Fiber 3.2g, Protein 2.5g


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