Halloween can be can be scary time of year for folks trying eat healthy. How do you stay selfish with your health when there are so many temptations?
Change your mind!
Have a plan:
Use apps to track your calories – so you know the true calorie cost of eating candy, or another helping of food.
Start a new tradition:
Eat a healthy meal before trick or treating. Try a hearty vegetable soup with lots of harvest fresh vegetables –
Support your local farmer- give trick or treaters small apples or pears for healthy alternatives to candy
Give trick or treaters non-food items like pencils or stickers
Track your steps around the neighborhood while trick or treating –
Have a Healthy Halloween Dance party instead of trick or treating – make healthy Halloween foods like the Pear Witch Project
Try visiting your local farmers markets and farms for the season’s local harvest!
For more practical ideas on how to improve your low-income client’s food and nutrition behaviors contact the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program for a series of free nutrition and cooking classes at your agency.
Article by: Heather Pease Nutrition Outreach Educator, Hartford County Extension