Happy October everyone!
Fall is in full swing and now we’re knocking on the door of a bunch of major holidays, each coming with its own special traditions and foods. First on the holiday list is none other than Halloween! Halloween is a fun time for people all ages. When else is it encouraged to dress up as your favorite superhero, character, or object!? Along with all those pumpkins, witches, and ghosts, Halloween is famous for candy—lots of candy. I want to give everyone some tips to help avoid sugar overload while still enjoying the holiday!
Watch how much you buy: If you buy a lot of candy and have it hanging around your house, it’s just asking to be eaten! Try to limit how much you buy in the first place so you don’t get stuck staring at bags of chocolates and sweets all day!
Moderation and portion control: You can definitely enjoy your Halloween candy, but set a limit for yourself like 1 or 2 small pieces per day, just as you would with other deserts. In terms of size, go for the small or fun-size candies. You can still have your treats without feeling guilty!
Replace candy with healthy Halloween-themed snacks: Have you ever heard of the recipe for Spiders on a Log?? It’s just one of many healthy snack options you can find online. For this one, you just need celery, peanut butter, and chocolate chips! Candy should not take the place of all your healthy snacks. https://www.superhealthykids.com/recipe/spiders-on-a-log/
Non-candy items: There are lots of fun non-candy items that come out just for Halloween you can stock up on, including pencils, stickers, or mini bags of pretzels.
Remember, it’s okay to enjoy holidays like Halloween! There is nothing wrong with having a piece of candy (that is, of course, if you are allergic to it or have a health condition that doesn’t let you have candy, but you know what I’m trying to say here). What is important is that we all aim to eat a healthy diet filled with lots of colorful fruits and vegetables (Special Olympics Fit 5 recommends 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day!), whole grains, and healthy proteins; exercise regularly (Fit 5 recommends 5 days of exercise per week!); and drink enough water (Fit 5 recommends 5 bottles per day). Taking good care of our bodies will ensure that we are ready to compete at our best both in our sports and in life. Hope everyone has a safe, fun-filled, and healthy Halloween!
Next month, we’ll talk turkey: how to use MyPlate to create a healthy Thanksgiving meal plate.