5 Healthy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters This Halloween

5 Healthy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters This Halloween

Written by Lisa Axelrad, Certified Nutrition Counselor and Fitness Specialist

As more and more research continues to be released about the dangers and major downfalls of overloading our children with added sugars and processed ingredients, Halloween always becomes a bit of an obstacle. Many of us still want to make the holiday just as fun for our children and community, but how do we do that without having to succumb to the pressures of giving out sugar-filled, calorie packed, Halloween baskets?!

Here’s a quick list of 5 Halloween Basket Treats that will leave kids happy and satisfied:

1)   Magic Straws

One proven way to get kids to drink their milk is to flavor it, but regular flavored milk can be packed with added sugars. Got Milk? Magic Straws comes in many great flavors and transform plain milk to flavored with just 1 tsp (17 calories) per straw. Magic Milk Straws are a fun, mess-free way to enjoy a cold glass of milk. The rich, all-natural cocoa, strawberry, vanilla and cookies and cream flavored milk straws magically transform milk into a delicious (and nutritious!) treat.

2)   Healthy Squeezers

Look for fruit-based options that have kid appeal, too. Fruit Squeezers by Nature’s Child that feature kid cartoons on each package, like Dora and SpongeBob, and are made from 100-percent fruit without any added sugars. Each pouch has 60 calories, is a good source of vitamin C and counts as a fruit serving.

  3)   Halloween-themed Toys

The best treat yet: Toys! According to a study done by Yale University* children are just as excited to get toys on Halloween as they are about candy. Scary stickers, temporary tattoos and glow sticks are just a few ideas of some fun basket stuffers that kids would love on Halloween.

4)   TrailMix

Nuts are a great snack to keep tiny tummies satisfied with the fiber and protein they provide. Since nuts are high in calories, look for the single-serve packages that keep calories in check. For example, Trader Joe’s offers individual packs on Omega Trail Mix, offering tons of nutrients in an easy-to-eat packet of trail mix ingredients.

5) RABARimages-1

At first glance, these on-the-go snack bars are definitely high in sugar. But the important thing is they are packed with all natural sugars from natural food sources. Apple Pie, Banana Bread and Pumpkin Pie are all great, delicious flavors of the season, and they come in lots of exciting colors.

For more information on how to keep a healthy lifestyle with our top Wellness Professionals, give us a call at (800) 507-2634 for you Complimentary Nutrition Screening! Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween!

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*Source: Schwartz, MB. “Trick, treat or toy: Children are just as likely to choose toys as candy on Halloween.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2003 Jul-Aug.

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October 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Results of our August Fundraiser: Thank you Thank you from the bottom of our Hearts!

The outpour of love and generosity was more than we expected during our August fundraiser for sweet baby Eddie.

His Mother was shocked and elated to hear the great news when we called to tell her how much we were able to raise! The funds raised will go toward supporting Eddie’s healing process. A check was made out to him and mailed to him today!

View  this video for a special message from Eddie’s Mom to those who donated.

September 6, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Events. 1 comment.

PT Solutions Has 100% Success Rate w/ Early Intervention for Infants With Flat-Head Syndrome

Check out our CBS 2 Feature on Dr. Yvette Flores, PT, DPT, aired on 4/30/13

May 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Early Head Start, Events, FYI's for New Parents, Welcome New Parents!. Leave a comment.

It is rewarding helping Mom’s and their babies with PT!

Here is what a Mom recently posted about us on Yelp:

“The highly noted Dr Graham (out of Cedar Sinai) recommended PTSolutions when he examined my son at 2 months and found a moderate-severe Torticollis. I called PTSolutions that very day and they got me in immediately. Dr. Flores recommended a twice weekly program plus exercises at home. She worked with my son regularly over the next several months and his Torticollis went away. He still had to wear the helmut but when I went back to Dr. Graham he was exceptionally impressed with the work Dr. Flores had accomplished and that the Torticollis was gone! My son LOVES Dr. Flores. He was always happy to be at PTS and always comfortable with the very helpful staff!

BTW – I liked how much Dr. Flores was invested in helping my son that I asked her to look at me and my neck/shoulder issues. She set up a program for me and has dramatically helped me improve my strength and ability to lift my son. A miracle after all the other failed physically therapy places I’d been.

This is a highly professional facility that is INVESTED in YOUR recovery! My highest recommendations and a heartfelt thank you to this great place!” Alex. S. West Hollywood, CA

We strive for moments like this, impacting the lives of families on a daily basis. What a joy!

December 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Testimonials. Leave a comment.

830 cold laser: helps resolve fibrotic mass in infant neck

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I am #9418 who signed the Positional Plagiocephaly Petition

Ever since the Back to Sleep Campaign and the recent fear-induced note from the FDA about sleep positioners, specialists such as myself have been concerned about our efforts to provide needed education and awareness to new parents. I came across a fabulous effort on behalf of the moderators of the yahoo group: Positional Plagocephaly. They are having parents sign a petition to create much needed awareness by the American Academy and American Board of Pediatrics. I agree with this petition and have signed it myself!

I have posted the petition below for your review as well as the link, should you decide to add your voice to this cause.

Sincerely,
Dr. Yvette Flores, PT, DPT
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To: American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Infant Positioning and SIDS, and The American Board of Pediatrics

John Kattwinkel, MD, Chairperson
John G. Brooks, MD
Maurice E. Keenan, MD
Michael Malloy, MD

And

To: The American Board of Pediatrics,

Prior to the 1992 Implementation of the Back to Sleep Campaign, it was estimated that 1 in 300 babies had varying degrees of cranial asymmetry {abnormal head shape}. As of today, it is estimated that 1 in 60 babies have a cephalic disorder, known as Positional Plagiocephaly. The numbers are increasing in epidemic proportions globally. We respect the American Academy of Pediatrics commitment towards the quality of health for our children. However, we as parents feel the Task Force on Infant Positioning and SIDS has not fulfilled its duties with educating the public or the medical establishment on the complexities of this campaign.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ stand has been a supine sleeping position to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The AAP has only recently released a statement of the importance of “tummy time.” The recommendations in this statement do not indicate an effective course of treatment – or serve as standard medical care – for Deformational or Positional Plagiocephaly.

Deformational and Positional Plagiocephaly is characterized as follows:

PLAGIOCEPHALY- significant flattening of the right or left skull, typically accompanied by ear misalignment and facial asymmetry

SCAPHOCEPHALY – Long and narrow head shape

BRACHYCEPHALY – shortening of the head due to flatness,increased head height, often accompanied by an under bite.

Suggested Manifestations of Cranial Asymmetry are as follows:

torticollis- Face turns to the right or left with a head tilt
Misaligned ears,
Nose pushed to one side,
Unilateral cheek prominence,
Bossing of the forehead,
One eye appearing larger than the other.

Head shape abnormalities are believed to cause:

Migraines,
Temporomandibular Joint {TMJ} Syndrome,
Eyesight problems, and
Severe Psychological Consequences

We as parents will continue to place our children in a supine sleeping position. We are asking the American Academy of Pediatrics to implement a policy requiring our children’s doctors to carefully evaluate every child at birth for cranial abnormalities, and follow up at every well-baby checkup thereafter. We are asking the American Board of Pediatrics to offer various options for treatment when these abnormalities are present.

The phrase, “It will round out,” is simply not true in most cases. Aggressive repositioning is not always successful. We as parents would like to be given a referral to an educated specialist, in a timely manner. The ideal timeframe for maximum correction is between 3 and 6 months. We as parents do not want babies with perfectly round heads. What we expect is recognition and response to the rise of documented disorders related to the “Back to Sleep” campaign.

Sincerely,

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To sign the petition yourself, go to: http://www.petitiononline.com/0799/petition.html

November 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Early Head Start, FYI's for New Parents. Leave a comment.