Today’s Guest Blog post is by Lindsey Thompson, MS, RD, CSP, LD, ketogenic dietitian and Nutricia Keto Ambassador.
Important: Please note that this post was written prior to COVID-19. Whether you will be celebrating Halloween at home with your family or participating in modified Halloween activities, please be sure to keep current safety recommendations (like social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing) in mind. For more information on how to protect your family from COVID-19, read this post.
Food is the focus of many holidays, and Halloween is no exception. For kids on the medical ketogenic diet, there are many ways to include them in your family traditions for Halloween. For this blog, I reviewed some tips for trick-or-treating with your child as well as how to navigate school or other Halloween parties.
If your family trick-or-treats, here are some tips for including your keto kid:
-Provide non-food items or keto-friendly treats to neighbors beforehand for your child to pick up when she or he trick-or-treats. Some examples include:
- Halloween themed toys or stickers
- Tickets or tokens your child can collect from house-to-house and redeem for a larger non-food prize at the end
- Keto-friendly treats, such as the following:
- Chocolate Almond Bark:3:1 recipe
- Almond Coconut Cookies:4:1 recipe and 3:1 recipe
- No-Bake Fudge:4:1 recipe and 3:1 recipe
- Sugar-free gelatin cups (Choose Halloween colors and/or decorate cups with Halloween stickers)
- Other keto-friendly food ideas from the recipes included below
-Donate candy to a local charity or group after trick-or-treating. There are many groups that will collect extra Halloween candy for a good cause. If you plan to donate candy, make sure to talk to your children beforehand to explain your plan so they understand. You can also have the children turn in their candy to you for a larger toy, prize or allowance.
-Plan another activity in place of trick-or-treating that would not include candy or other treats your child could not consume. Some examples include a hayride, corn maze, pumpkin patch or decorating pumpkins as a family.
School Parties or other Halloween Parties
Make sure to plan ahead for school or other parties around the Halloween holiday. Let teachers or other caregivers know about your child’s food restrictions and plan to bring keto-friendly foods that your child can consume with her friends.
Here are a few recipes for keto treats that your child can take to the party:
- KetoCal® Creamy Gelatin Snack: 4:1 recipe (can use green or orange gelatin powder and Halloween themed molds to make the treats festive)
- KetoCal Pumpkin Spice Shake: 4:1 and 3:1 recipe
- KetoCal Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Cream Frosting: 3:1 recipe (cook in Halloween themed muffin wrappers or add Halloween cupcake toppers)
- Matthew’s Friend’s Chocolate Muffins: 4:1 recipe
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie: 3:1 recipe
Always be sure to check the recipes with your ketogenic dietitian.
I hope these tips help make for a safe, happy and keto-friendly Halloween!
KetoCal is a medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision.
Talk with your healthcare provider to determine if KetoCal is right for you.