We are preparing for a healthy halloween this year. With the kids aged 4 and 2.5 they’re very good at begging for candy. We have a few fun things planned for them, and a few ways to ensure that this Halloween is as healthy as it is fun. If you’re trying to keep a healthy household, or if you have fitness goals set for yourself these tips can help:
Walking door to door for trick-or-treating is the perfect opportunity to get in a cardio workout for mom as the kids sprint from door to door. Marching in place while your little one collects candy is great, and they’ll be on the move from house to house, so they will certainly be getting their heart rates up. If you’re like us and heading a halloween festival or local event like “trunk or treat” you can use your phone or fitbit device to make sure you get your steps in. Make it a family affair choosing together how many steps to aim for, or what distance to aim for while at the event and challenge each other to reach it.
Healthy Halloween Treats
Candy is almost synonymous with halloween these days but there are healthy options that you can enjoy with out sacrificing yumminess. Try mini dark chocolate bars, or chocolate covered almonds. Fruit snacks are another kid-friendly option that come in tiny packs to offer kids in lieu of other gummy candies. (Don’t forget to give away the leftover trick or treater candy asap after halloween! Save a few of the kids’ favorites and get the rest out of the house.)
Brush after candy!
It’s inevitable that our little ones will be munching on candy on Halloween and the days to come. It’s key to start the habit of brushing after eating to keep their little smiles bright and healthy. We have Orajel toothpaste and brushes on hand in the kids’ bathroom to entice them to brush after they eat. Seeing their favorite characters on them only makes brushing more fun for little ones.
Orchestrate a Swap
If you want to avoid the candy all together try orchestrating a swap. I don’t mean the traditional candy swap that children participate in. Instead you can entice your children to trade their Halloween candy for another treat they’d prefer. Having a non-candy item or activity to trade for their candy booty will be even better for their health and their teeth! Try swapping for a movie night, a book or small toy of their choice.
How will you make your Halloween Healthier?
I’m excited to partner with Orajel™ as a Smilehood ambassador for 2016. Orajel is one of the most trusted brands of pain relief and oral care solutions for babies and young children and we have used it exclusively for Rohan and Kaya from the teething tablets, to the finger toothbrush to the toothpastes they fight over. I’m joining forces with several moms to share about oral hygiene for out little ones as well as our experiences with the brand.
This post was sponsored by Orajel but you already know everything above is 100% me. Visit Orajel’s website to peep their extensive product line and get tips on keeping your children’s teeth healthy.