As parents, we are always looking for ways to keep our children healthy, and unfortunately this time of year can be a struggle. Children bring home an average of 250 pieces of candy after trick-or-treating, which can become overwhelming for most parents. Here are some tricks from Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services to avoid the temptations of treats:
Tricks and Suggestions to Decrease Treat Temptations:
- Wait to purchase treats until the last possible moment. Don’t keep Halloween treats in the house days in advance.
- Purchase your least favorite candies. You’ll be less likely to sneak treats if you don’t enjoy eating them.
- Be realistic about the amount of candy you’ll need. Buy what you think might be too little and if you run out of candy, have healthy treats or non-food treats on hand.
- Go ahead and trash the leftovers immediately following the holiday. Again, if those little goodies are not in the house to tempt you, you’re less likely to eat them!
- When your children bring home their treats, divide them into daily portions and package them in baggies. Give your child one baggie of treats every day until there are no more.
- Instead of trick-or-treating, throw a Halloween party at your house and serve your own delicious and nutritious home-made snacks.
With these tips to combat the sweet temptations from home, now it’s your turn to delight your trick-or-treaters with healthy options. Below are ways to contribute to your trick-or-treating guests with nutrition in mind:
- Apple Bites (above) (apple slices with almonds for teeth)
- Mini bags of microwave popcorn
- Mini granola bars
- Mini boxes of raisins
- Small packages of assorted nuts
- Snack-size graham crackers, animal crackers, pretzels or Pepperidge Farm Goldfish (100 calorie packs)
- Pre-packaged apple slices or baby carrots
With these healthy snacks in your trick-or-treater bowl, you are sure give each child a bright smile, without the extra sugar! Have a safe, happy, and healthy Halloween!
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