Hello, gourd-geous, it’s Westly! In case you forgot, I’m the bright orange community cheerleader of Healthy West Orange! And no, I’m not orange just because it’s the hottest color this season, it’s a lifestyle for me.
Speaking of lifestyle, you may have the idea that healthy living and Halloween don’t exactly go together. I can definitely understand how an endless sea of sugar can make you feel physically and mentally. Not to mention staying up late can throw off sleep schedules, and for adults; enjoying too many spooky cocktails can make you feel less than spectacular.
I’m here to tell you that you CAN trick or treat yo' self! Here at Healthy West Orange, we always remind folks that a healthy routine is a balance. We’ve got a few tips to help you feel like a Hallow-queen this year!
Eat before you treat:
Don’t head out trick or treating or to a Halloween bash on an empty stomach! Make a fun Halloween-themed dinner with the kids before they head out. Spaghetti and eyeballs, jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers, or a terror taco salad are a few of my favorites. If you don’t have time for a big meal, do something simple like veggies and hummus, or apples and peanut butter.
Part of having a Happy Halloween is staying safe. I don’t want to sugarcoat it, both children and adults can find themselves in some scary situations. For the kiddos, always walk on sidewalks and crosswalks when trick or treating, be sure costumes are fire resistant, wear reflective items or blinking lights to stay visible, and wait to inspect/eat candy until you get home. For grownups, watch for children walking on roadways while driving, DO NOT drink and drive, and if you are enjoying a cocktail, drink plenty of water.
Brush, brush, brush!
Don’t forget about dental health! Build in some time for extra brushing, flossing, and mouthwash this spooky season. Supervise children to make sure they’re brushing effectively. Be sure to see the dentist regularly too!
For more Halloween health and safety tips, check out our blogs at HealthyWestOrange.org with links and resources from the experts!
Alright folks, now let’s get out there and have FUN! Witch way to the pumpkin patch?! Boo-yah!
Make a fun Halloween-themed dinner with the kids before they head out. Spaghetti and eyeballs, jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers, or a terror taco salad are a few of my favorites.