Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Tricky for Health-Conscious Parents

October 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Most children get excited just thinking about the bags full of candy they’ll reap on Halloween. But for health-conscious parents, deciding what to do with those candy treats can be tricky.

To help curb those little appetites, try to serve a healthy meal before kids go trick-or-treating so they’re not hungry when the candy starts coming in. Here are some more tips for handling the Halloween treats:

  • Know how much candy your child has collected and store it somewhere other than the child’s room.
  • If a child is overweight — or you’d just like to reduce the Halloween stash — consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.
  • Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.
  • Encourage your child to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten — and to stop before feeling full or sick.

You also can offer some alternatives to candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Here are some treats to think about giving out:

  •  Non-food treats, like stickers, toys, temporary tattoos, false teeth, little bottles of bubbles and small games, like tiny decks of cards (party-supply stores can be great sources for these)
  • Snacks such as small bags of pretzels, sugar-free gum, trail mix, small boxes of raisins, and popcorn
  • Sugar-free candy
  • Small boxes of cereal

Remember, Halloween, like other holidays, is a single day on the calendar. If your family eats sensibly during the rest of the year, it will have a more lasting impact than a few days of overindulgence.

Source: KidsHealth.org

Entry filed under: Nutrition, Safety.

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