Trick Or Treat? Choosing Healthy Halloween Candy For Children
It'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:
- Cereal bars made with fruit
- Animal crackers
- Whole grain cheddar crackers
- Mini rice-cereal bars
- Sugar-free gum
- Sugar-free hot chocolate packets
- 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!!