'Sweets and treats' often take center stage for the Halloween holiday, which is a concern for parents as we try to limit kids junk and high sugar foods. For a new twist, we have suggestions on using Halloween as an opportunity to teach kids to use moderation, encourage healthy choices and to talk about seasonal vegetables and balanced nutrition.
This month we share new ideas and ways to celebrate Halloween, manage and limit your kids candy, and even find fun ways to use Halloween and the Autumn season to teach children about healthy nutrition!
Orange seasonal vegetables are abundant in Autumn and are good sources of beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber. Pumpkins take center stage and the season offer many high nutrition choices of orange colored vegetables, it can be fun to together to grocery produce isle or a local farmers market and find all the orange vegetables with your child. Then pick a few to take home and cook a fresh seasonal veggie, from squashes to carrots it is a great way to show kids there is more to the season than candy!
October's Nourish Kids Health E-Article focuses on easy nutrition tips for parents and fun alternatives to a sugary Halloween. Kids can enjoy healthy foods that are not candy based. Halloween can also offer an excellent opportunity to teach your child about healthy eating and once-in-a-while treats.
Manage and limit Halloween loot to a small amount with portion control tips to limit high sugar foods and encourage healthy choice. Although a seemingly unlikely 'healthy holiday' there are fun Halloween learning opportunities that can help your child to establish healthy eating habits. Halloween Nutrition Tips Article
Kids have their own nutrition based story for October, as Chef Solus and the Explorer characters celebrate Halloween and learn about making healthy choices and the importance of making sweets a 'once in while' treat. Fun Halloween Nutrition Story
Halloween Printables- new printables for parents including; Chef Solus' top low and no sugar treat list, healthy holiday themed party foods and recipes, and fun Holiday themed lunch notes to print out for your children's lunch boxes.
Last but not least, our most popular seasonal addition is Fun Halloween Coloring Pages for Kids. Coloring activities such as seasonal orange vegetables, Jack O Lantern, Halloween Bookmarks and more!
We hope you have a fun, safe and healthy Halloween!