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Keeping Halloween Healthy with Help from Crest
I love this time of year. The air is crisp, we’re finally over the back to school chaos, there’s pumpkin flavored everything everywhere, and tasty treats are on the horizon. Not to mention we’re approaching the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas), which means cozy quality time with family and friends! However, I don’t want to skip over Halloween. This holiday is high on the little man’s fav list, and what’s not to love? He gets to dress up, roam the streets, and demand candy from strangers. 😉
While the kiddo loves Halloween, I’m on the lookout for ways to make it just a smidge healthier. Luckily, there are lots of options to have a happy AND healthy Halloween. Here are 5 things to keep in mind.
#1 Don’t replace candy with vegetables!
It won’t work. Halloween wouldn’t be the same without Halloween candy! Crest proves this point by bringing a group of school-aged children together for a focus group where they are asked to test out some new healthy alternatives for the season.
#2 They don’t have to trick-or-treat for candy.
Instead of sending the kiddos out to collect candy this Halloween have them trick-or-treat for charity. That way they still get to dress up and go out with friends, but they aren’t bringing home sacks of sugar. UNICEF is probably the most well-known trick-or-treat for charity option. They even have little cardboard boxes you can use for the occasion. However, if there’s another cause you and the family are passionate about (such as animal welfare), contact a local charity and ask about trick-or-treating for them this Halloween.
#3 Limit their candy haul.
You can curb candy intake by limiting the number of houses you visit on Halloween, asking homeowners to please only give your kiddo one piece, or by opting for a trick-or-treating event. Trick-or-treating events are commonly held by churches and even some retirement homes. These events aren’t usually huge, and therefore, your kid doesn’t make such a big sugar score.
Another option is to let them trick-or-treat until they wear themselves (or you) out, and then ration their candy. Don’t let them have free reign. Instead hide the candy away, and give them a piece a day or use it as rewards for completing chores, homework, or other good behavior.
#4 Opt for healthy snacks and meals.
During the Halloween season, when candy and tasty treats abound, make sure the rest of the food your family is consuming is healthy. Opt for homemade snacks and meals that are nutritious and delicious.
#5 Turn to Crest for good oral health.
Chances are your kiddo is going to consume some candy this Halloween season. That’s okay! The important thing is to make sure they’re a.) consuming other nutrient rich foods b.) taking care of their oral hygiene.
Bad oral hygiene can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and other dental problems that are not only costly but can be painful and time consuming.
For my family’s oral health, I trust Crest. Crest offers a whole array of products—mouthwash, toothpaste, and whitening strips—to keep our mouths looking and feeling their best. I particularly like the Crest Gum & Enamel Repair Toothpaste, which is clinically proven to reverse gingivitis!
Not only is Crest great at protecting little (and big!) mouths from Halloween candy, it’s also budget-friendly thanks to CVS. Between October 21st and the 27th, Crest toothpaste varieties—Crest Pro-Health, Complete, Crest Kids, and 3D White—will be buy one get one 50% off at CVS stores nationwide!
That means you can grab a Crest toothpaste for yourself and then save 50% on the Crest Kids toothpaste.
P.S. You can also snag your Halloween candy at CVS! 🙂
Keep these 5 things in mind to have a frightfully good and healthy Halloween!