Health Buzz: Healthy Halloween
Health news from around the web for October 27, 2011.
At DietsInReview, we think the scariest thing about Halloween is the potential for a major sugar binge. Although we're certainly not against the occasional sweet treat, piles of trick-or-treat candy make it too easy to go overboard. In this week's episode of Health Buzz, we'll be sharing fun ways to have a healthy Halloween.
Each year, Americans eat 25 pounds of candy per person, and the The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the majority of this amount is consumed around Halloween. This story shares some good ideas for minimizing how much of that sugar goes into your kid's mouth. For example, it's important for children to eat a nutritious and filling meal before they go trick-or-treating, so they'll have less appetite for candy. We also like the advice to sort candy, and make little snack packs for later use. That way, kids can enjoy the holiday without one big sugar rush.
We've got a bunch of great ideas to get rid of candy without eating it at all. These fun candy experiments will prevent your kids from being the victims of a sugar high and may even teach them something about physics and chemistry. The experiments include a fat test, floating chocolate and chromatography. Our favorite is the Skittles Density Rainbow, which may take a little more preparation, but has beautiful results.
Source: DietsInReview.com. Special thanks to Leah at Almost UnSchoolers for the Density Rainbow photo.
When it comes to picking a sweet indulgence, most people go for flavor first. However, sometimes picking one candy over another can save you significant calories. This candy guide will help you know which candies are the lesser evils. For example, we've probably all heard that dark chocolate has health benefits associated with the fact that it's rich in antioxidants, but white chocolate doesn't have these benefits. That's because white chocolate is made with only cocoa butter, which is higher in fat and doesn't contain antioxidants.
Source: Yahoo Shine
Did you know that chaperoning your kids trick-or-treating burns about 250 calories per hour? There are lots of common fall activities that burn major calories without even stepping into the gym. We recommend raking leaves, picking apples, hiking and touch football as fun ways to get active before the really cold weather sets in. Plus, you'll learn the benefits of each of these workouts.
Pumpkin is one of the best flavors of the fall season. This delicious pumpkin pie from Shirley at Gluten Free Easily is great for parties and bake sales, and can be enjoyed by people who follow a gluten-free diet. The trick to making a crustless pie is adding a quarter cup of gluten-free flour to a standard pie filling recipe. Because you don't have to make a crust, this dessert takes much less time to prep than other pies.
Source: GlutenFreeEasily.comFlag this Video