Your Healthy Halloween Examined
By Brandi Goodman
The Halloween season is normally considered unhealthy. The focus is on the candy seen on store shelves and later passed out to kids. You can have a healthy Halloween if you try, though. Just consider all the healthy Halloween options and add them to your yearly routine.
Healthy Halloween Foods
Pumpkin is the most commonly consumed fruit (yes, fruit!) throughout October and the remainder of fall. This is actually a very nutritious food to enjoy. Bake the seeds and you'll get antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, and so much more. Turn the remainder of the insides into a puree to make into soup, bread, or pie.
Healthy Halloween Drinks
Apple cider is one of the most common drinks enjoyed around Halloween and throughout the rest of the autumn season. Purchasing a container from the store isn't a great choice because there's far more sugar and calories than necessary. You can create a healthier Halloween version at home. You'll gain some antioxidant power and vitamins from the concoction.
You don't even need apple cider at all. An infused water is an even better option. Simply use apple slices and cinnamon to create an apple-flavored water with plenty of nutrients.
Halloween Fitness Fun
You have plenty of options for getting fit during Halloween. Try some Halloween-inspired dance moves or exercises, for example. The Monster Mash is a great song to dance around your living room to or play at parties. Pick up your feet and take large, slow steps to walk like Frankenstein for an exercise move.
The entire fall season encourages fitness. Simply get outside and take a walk around your neighborhood. You can enjoy looking at the decorated houses and carved pumpkins adorning your neighbor's porches. Get out and walk on Halloween night as well to get more exercise than riding around in a car would provide.
Halloween Treat Swaps
You don't have to stick to the traditional candy options. Pass out some other treats instead to make a healthier swap. You don't even need treats at all. Stickers, pencils, plastic rings, monster teeth, and more can be handed out to trick-or-treaters.
The holidays are often considered unhealthy -- starting with Halloween. Find ways to make the season much more healthy for you, your family, and your neighborhood. There's plenty of nutritious food and drink choices, exercise options, and even unique swaps to make for what to pass out on Halloween night. You can still celebrate and enjoy yourself while opting for healthier alternatives.
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