Trick Or Treat? Choosing Healthy Halloween Candy For Children

October 25, 2012

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Children looking at Halloween candyIt's that time of year again — time for ghosts, witches and goblins. Halloween can be quite overwhelming, especially when you see all that candy in the store — and then in your home. However, there are a few “treats” & “tricks” your family can try to ensure your Halloween is a healthy one.

Ideas for “Treats”:

  • Individual serving sizes of the following:
    • Pretzels
    • Cereal bars made with fruit
    • Animal crackers
    • Whole grain cheddar crackers
    • Mini rice-cereal bars
    • Sugar-free gum
    • Sugar-free hot chocolate packets
  • Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Tattoos
  • And if you just can’t resist giving out candy — try mini/bite-sized candies or hard candies to teach moderation.

Ideas for “Tricks”:

  • Feed your kids a well-balanced meal prior to going trick or treating to minimize snacking while out and about.
  • Upon return of trick or treating, have the child make 2 separate piles of candies — “Likes” & “Dislikes” — go ahead and throw those dislikes out.
  • Agree to a set amount the child can have each day (i.e. 1-2 pieces of small candy) and stick to it.
  • Arrange a buy out — offer the child a penny or nickel for every piece of candy they want to sell you. They can then earn money to buy toys or games or go to a movie!
  • Hit the pavement — you can get quite a workout in trick or treating by walking the neighborhood. Skip taking the car and having the kids hop in and out.
  • And most importantly, if that candy is still around by Turkey Day – THROW IT AWAY!!

Happy Halloween!

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