Healthy Halloween Snacking With California Raisins
Fall brings a chill in the air, crisp fallen leaves -- and an abundance of sugary treats. With more parents concerned about their children's snacking, especially during Halloween, celebrity fitness trainer Valerie Waters -- who trains Hollywood's leading moms like Jennifer Garner and Poppy Montgomery -- offers tips to eat better and stay fit during Halloween.
"Healthy snacking isn't difficult -- it's all about making better food choices and planning ahead. California Raisins offer great nutritional value, an inherent sweetness, plus they contain phytochemicals that suppress growth of oral bacteria associated with dental diseases," said Waters.
In fact, a recent study conducted by the College of Dentistry at University of Illinois (Chicago) determined California Raisins naturally contain compounds that help inhibit bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease, two issues that are especially top-of-mind at Halloween-time.
Valerie Waters' tips for a healthy Halloween:
-- Plan ahead. A little food planning goes a long way toward helping you make healthier food choices. Plan and pack your snacks and meals the day before -- to avoid temptation.
-- Choose wisely. Make healthier food choices are that are also delicious. For example, choose Cocoa Raisin Muffins and Pumpkin Pie Popcorn Mix with Raisins as tasty and healthy alternatives to Halloween cookies or candy. Go to www.LoveYourRaisins.com for these and other sweet and healthy treats.
-- Get moving. Make exercise a fun, family affair. If you're hosting a Halloween party -- either at home or at your children's school -- incorporate games, such as relay races or dancing to get children moving.
-- Trick or treat? Most Halloween treats are loaded with sugar and have no nutritional value, and parents are just as tempted as kids to eat them. This Halloween, offer your trick-or-treaters a sweet and wholesome treat -- California Raisins! Just 1/4 cup of California Raisins is a serving of fruit, making it a guilt-free treat for children and moms.