Halloween parties at school are lots of fun but they easily become a sugar-fest filled with cupcakes, candies and juice. We suggest you help plan the Halloween party or provide input to the room moms. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Director of Child Wellness and Registered Dietitian, Trisha Hardy shares ideas for a party that can be healthy, but still full of Halloween fun:
- Suggest that the party focus more on fun activities (games, dancing, etc.) instead of around eating food
- Request that the party limit the sweet treats to just one per student
- Send healthy snacks to the party, such as baby carrots, popcorn, fruit kabobs, cheese cubes, sliced apples with yogurt dip, pretzels with peanut butter, etc.
- Volunteer to provide fruit-flavored water instead of juice or soda; or “lighten” the juice by adding water to regular juice.
- Suggest that parties happen after lunch, so the kids are full and less likely to over-indulge on sweets. It’s hard to control a hungry child in front of a buffet of cupcakes, cookies, candy and other treats.
Visit Strong4Life.com for more information on keeping your little ghosts and goblins eating healthy and moving all year-long and download Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Halloween Checklist to help your family have a safe and healthy Halloween.