Balance is key when it comes to staying healthy this Halloween season! While Halloween is just one day of the year, that doesn't mean that kids have to eat all the candy they collected from trick-or-treating in one day! Help your kids enjoy their sweet collection in moderation throughout the rest of the week - stick them in school lunches, have them choose one as a reward after chores, and more. Eating too many high-sugar foods in large portions can lead to unhealthy weight-gain, cavities, and more.
When choosing what candy to offer your kids, treats that take a long time to consume, like suckers, can slow down thier candy consumption and prevent them from overdoing it. And who knows, they may just satisfy thier sweet tooth before they even finish!
Another great trick with kids is to give them smaller portion sizes - cut up the cookies or donuts. Serve each child individually, and then put away the leftovers so that there is not the temptation for more or a free-for-all throughout the rest of the day.
Last, but not least, make sure to fill up on all the healthy food options at the table before you pack your plate with all the sweet treats. Doing so will help you limit yourself to a more healthier, and manageable sugar intake. Before your kids dive into trick-or-treating, have them drink a Ruvi to help fuel them up and lessen their craving for candy for the night.
Amidst all the festive fun that goes on every Halloween, it's easy to get distracted when you're having such a good time and not drink the water your body needs to help you continue to feel great during and after those spook-tacular parties. We love a good sweet treat just as much as the next person, but making a point to drink lots of water throughout the day (especially between all the cookies, candy, and punch) can help your body flush out unwanted waste it can't absorb.
Other great benefits of drinking lots of water is that it will help you regulate your temperature (you don't want to get too hot under all those layers of your halloween costume!), and prevent the scary not-so-fun symptoms of dehydration.
Remember, all sugars aren't created equal. Keep in mind that added sugars differ from natural sugars. Food manufacturers add sugars to foods, even when you may not know it, to satisfy your taste buds. Types of added sugars include white sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc. Natural sugars, on the other hand, are just that, naturally occurring. They're found in whole foods, come with other key nutrients, provide fast yet stable energy, and keep your metabolism stable. Fruit and vegetables are an incredibly good source of natural sugars!
This Halloween, get creative and try adding some healthier food options into the rotation with your friends and family. Get creative with fruits and veggies from the store, or sneak that powerhouse produce into your favorite recipes with Ruvi!
Check out these sweet and savory recipes, packed with your favorite Ruvi fruit and veggie blends, for your all your Halloween gatherings:
Ruvi Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
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Ruvi Spiced Apple Fritters
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Ruvi Butternut Squash Soup
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Getting your kids to eat fruits and vegetables can be your toughest challenge of the day. There are so many enticing processed foods that grab the attention and the appetite of our children. Fruits and veggies just aren’t their priority. So how do we help our kids get more of these nutrient-packed fruits and veggies into their diet? Here are 3 suggestions with a proven track record. You’ve got this!