In a study done in 2016, when over 2000 parents were asked, ‘what do your children enjoy most about Halloween’, over half of them said it was the treats they were given during trick or treating. Sweets, cakes and chocolates can be great treats, especially when enjoyed in moderation, but the number of calories children normally consume on fright night can be more of a trick (over 170g – equalling their entire calorie intake for one day in just sugary snacks!)
If you’re celebrating Halloween at home this year, coming together to make tasty, healthy Halloween treats without any spooky sugary surprises can be a fun way to get children to be creative and enjoy healthy snacks.
Read on to find our top tips for having a healthy Halloween at home that still involves your favourite treats without the sugar overload.
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Whether it’s pumpkins to carve, apples to bob, or sweets to snack on, there’s no denying that this spooky night is all about food. This doesn’t mean, however, that the featured foods need to be unhealthy. With a little bit of creative thinking, you can still have a fun evening while keeping the calories down. Here are 3 top tips to bring frightful fun to your Halloween:
While it can be more fun to experiment with your own Halloween treat ideas and designs, especially for children, here are some quick and simple recipe ideas you can use to add a little extra spooky magic to your home Halloween celebrations:
For more ideas and the full recipe for the peppers and pancakes, visit: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/healthy-halloween-recipes
Keeping everything else in mind, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a traditional bit of sugary delight. But some treats pack a hidden punch regarding calories and sugar load, and it’s always important to know how much your daily sugar intake should be. According to goodtoknow.co.uk, these are some of the tastiest and trickiest treats to know about this Halloween:
Bottles (n/a sugar per serving)
Gums (122g sugar per serving)
(23g sugar per 40g serving)
Pigs (125g sugar per serving)
Pastilles (20g sugar per 10 sweets)
Starmix (100g sugar per serving)
|Starburst (22g sugar per packet)||Skittles
(44g sugar per packet)
|Lemon bonbons (17g sugar per small bag)||Midget
Gems (46g sugar per serving)
Check the guidelines at https://betreatwise.net/ to know how much sugar is right for you and your children.
You can get creative and have fun with food and games while making a few simple changes while staying healthy. You might even discover a new spooky food to keep as a staple all year round or teach your children that having fun at Halloween doesn’t need to come with a sugar crash the next day.