Enjoy a Healthy and Happy Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner, and with preparation, there's no need to be spooked by your children's candy consumption this year. Ensure a happy and healthy Halloween with tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Trick Is to Enjoy the Treat!

Halloween is a great time to reiterate the importance of moderation to your child. Explain that you're going to spread the candy out over a period of time and discuss beforehand when and how much candy your child will enjoy in a day. This agreed upon "treat schedule" will make the day after Halloween easier for everyone.

When your child gets home from trick or treating, have him or her make a pile of personal favorites to enjoy in moderation. Agree that the rest can be donated to a local shelter or sent in a care package to those serving overseas.

No Need for Tricks with Delicious and Healthy Treats

It's easier than ever to find Halloween treats to make kids happy while providing a health benefit. Grocery store shelves are stocked with kid-friendly favorites containing whole grains, extra vitamin C, 100-percent fruit juice and added fiber.

This year, consider mixing up the candy bowl with some of these items:

  • Whole-grain cheddar flavored crackers
  • Fruit snacks made with 100-percent fruit with added vitamin C
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Animal-shaped graham crackers made without trans fat
  • Mini rice cereal treat bars
  • Cereal bars made with real fruit
  • Mini 100-percent fruit juice boxes
  • Low-fat pudding cups
  • Baked, unsalted bags of pretzels
  • Halloween-themed stickers, pencils and temporary tattoos.

For more tips on improving your family's diet during holidays and all year round, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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