How Your Family Can Have a Healthier Halloween

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Halloween can be a fun time of year for families but if you’re a health-conscious family it can be more of a trick than a treat. With the handfuls of candy our kids will gather from the variety of Halloween festivities they attend, it seems impossible to manage their sugar intake. Consider these tips before you and your family dive into the Halloween goodies!

Have a healthy meal before trick-or-treating
By filling up on something nutritional, your children may not be hungry when the receive candy, thus cutting down on the urge to eat a lot of candy right away.

Set Limits
Consider a little more leniency towards candy eating on Halloween, of course within reason. Then talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Will they be allowed a piece after a meal or with their lunch? Can they have one as part of a snack? Whatever decisions are made should still be in conjunction with a healthy meal or snack rather than in place of one.

Talk About It
Talk with your kids about how they should stop eating before they feel full or sick. While some children stop naturally before this point, others often binge to the point of getting sick.

Candy Trade
If you’re really worried about the amount of candy your child will eat, consider offering a buy-back program with your child for some or all of the remaining candy. It acknowledges that the candy is the child’s and offers an incentive of a little spending money. You can also offer a trade with items they have been wanting like a video game, book, toy, or a trip to the movies.

Keep Candy in a Public Location Within the House
It’s also a good idea to check your child’s candy to get an idea of how much they have. Then, as a family, agree to keep the candy in a shared, public location. Having the candy too close can be tempting for children (and adults) to overeat.

Check Candy
Always sort through your child’s candy to make sure it’s safe.You should throw it away if it has:

  • An unusual appearance or discoloration
  • Tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers
  • Spoiled or unwrapped items
  • Homemade items or baked goods unless you personally know who gave them to your child

Generally, if you are in doubt, throw it out.

Halloween is a fun time and with these tips you and your family can make it as healthy as possible.

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