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.