Kids won't be going house to house this Halloween
TWO student dieticians based in the Midlands have come up with excellent advice for all the family this Halloween.
UCD dietetic students Jorin Shanahan and Edel Nyland, who are on placement with the Midlands Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service, have come up with recipes, games and health guidance in the time of Covid-19.
For starters, they simply say - don't throw the pumpkin guts away.
"Once the pumpkin is carved, get busy in the kitchen with the kids to create delicious and nutritious snacks for lunch and home. Pumpkin is a great source of many vitamins and minerals. One 80g portion of pumpkin provides one of your ‘5 a day’ and 80% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A!" said the students.
"Pumpkin contains antioxidants, those compounds that protect your body’s cells; is 94% water and so is low in calories too!
"So... pump up your family’s snacks with these fun recipes!"
1. Pumpkin Hummus
2. Pumpkin Oat Bars
Jorin and Edel have also suggested some games for the whole family.
First up is 'Bobbing for Apples' - the traditional Halloween game we can all remember playing. Fill a shallow bucket with water, add some apples, and let the fun begin. Remember, no hands, whoever gets the most apples using only their teeth wins!
Then there is 'Mystery Food' - brains, eyeballs, and guts! This is the classic guessing game that will have everyone laughing! Fill separate bowls with jelly, peeled grapes, cooked spaghetti, or rice pudding, and anything else that feels slimy. Put each bowl into a box with a small hole cut in the top, so nobody can peek inside. Have everyone place their hand inside the box and try to guess what they’re touching.
Thirdly, they recommend keeping active with 'Flashlight Tag'. Flashlight tag is great for all ages. It’s the same game as tag but played at night. Participants carry a flashlight or torch, so they can be seen and can see around them. Make it scarier by reducing the number of flashlights.
Finally, the students have some oral health tips to help mind the teeth while enjoying the Halloween treats -
Jorin Shanahan and Edel Nyland, Dietetic Students, UCD on placement with Midlands Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service , (044) 9395518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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