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16 Oct 10 Plant-Strong Halloween Ideas

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Halloween is around the corner! We are getting ready for our Halloween potluck in Austin in a couple of weeks. Bring the kids, they can dress up and enjoy a healthy night out with you.  Please join us if you live in the area.

How can you have a healthy Halloween for your family?

We asked on facebook how you make Halloween healthy, and here are some of your suggestions:

1. Trade up! Have your kids go trick-or-treating and at the end of the night they can trade their candy for something bigger, like a special toy/book they really want, or a few smaller toys/trinkets. *Donate candy to the office/send to our troops overseas.

2. For every pound of candy they earn a dollar amount.

3. Let them choose 5-10 pieces of candy from the loot. Donate the rest.

4. Throw a halloween party with healthy food and fun games instead of trick-or-treating!

5. Make it a game. See who can pick out the healthiest treats from their bag. Whoever wins gets a prize.

6. Hand out healthy treats at your house, or opt for non food treats, halloween themed pencils/erasers/hair accessories/stickers instead of treats. That way there is no junk in the house when the night is over!

7. Find some new, fun traditions! Watch a Halloween themed movie with some popcorn (no butter of course) and other plant-strong snacks!

8. Make these caramel apples by Chef AJ and Julieanna Hever:

9. Try this spooky black bean hummus!

10. Have a family craft night! You can carve pumpkins, or make fun Halloween themed (or fall themed) crafts together.

Do you have any healthy Halloween ideas or tips?

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

*The photo above is one of our Engine 2 Immersion participants who dressed up like Rip for Halloween!

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Natala Constantine

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.