Autumn has arrived, and for moms and their kids, it’s one of the most fun times of the year. Hayrides abound, donuts and cider are served up, and the emergence of little goblins and princesses signal that the scariest of holidays, Halloween, is upon us.
Scarier than the spookiest ghosts and ghouls, however, is the absurd amount of sugar-laden treats our kids are bombarded with as part of the annual festivities. All those seemingly daily sweets, cakes, and cookies, while fun for the little ones, cause moms to constantly fret over tooth decay, upset stomachs, and poor nutrition.
Healthy Fall Ideas
The good news is that for clever and creative parents, fall can still be a blast for the youngsters while being a time of healthy eating, too. Listed below are several enjoyable ideas for celebrating the fall season without binging on junk food:
What’s more synonymous with fall than pumpkins? America certainly loves its bright orange squash and many a family make it a fall tradition to transform their pumpkins into scary Jack-O-Lantern’s. But don’t dare throw out that pumpkin flesh when you’re done carving; Pumpkin is a fall superfood that’s loaded with essential nutrients, and belongs on not only the porch but on your plate as well.
Pumpkins pack minerals (potassium, calcium), vitamins (A, C, E), fiber, and protein. Some of the ways you can serve it up for the kids include:
Healthy Halloween Treats and Candy
More frightful than the hordes of scary costumes are all the customary treats crammed with sugar and fat. Check out some of these healthier alternatives to the standard Halloween fare:
Fall Fruit and Vegetable Snacks
The annual autumn harvest brings with it plenty of healthy produce that the entire family can enjoy. Here’s a few fall timeless classics:
All of the above make great standalone fall snacks, or can be added to fun recipes for wholesome treats. What makes these recommendations worthwhile is that they taste absolutely great without sacrificing nutritional value.
In short, celebrating fall doesn’t necessarily resign you to watching your kids stuff themselves with gobs of unhealthy junk food. To the contrary, you can make creative and fun snack choices so your entire family can enjoy the autumn season to the fullest while still eating healthy.
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