Halloween is such fun for kids, but sometimes they need a little help making good food choices amid the parties and trick-or-treating. If you're haunted by the idea of navigating through all that junk food, here are a few tips that will help.
Eat & hydrate before heading out: A group of hungry, dehydrated, sugar-intoxicated kids can be frightening for any parent! Plan to have a warm and hearty meal before trick-or-treating (try these Jack-O-lantern Stuffed Peppers). Don't forget to pack a reusable water bottle to sip between houses!
Mix in fruit-based options: Look for treats that have a fruit base and no artificial flavors or colors. Think chocolate-covered raisins, 100% fruit leather, fig cookies, and small boxes of dried fruit.
Go with whole grains: Granola bars, trail mix, popcorn, and small boxes of cereal can satisfy a sweet tooth while also providing fiber, vitamins and minerals. Take a break away from chocolatey treats with this Apple Cinnamon Popcorn.
Balance treats with nutritious pairings: Break larger pieces of candy into smaller bites or supplement with a glass of water, low-fat milk, a small piece of fruit or string cheese. Try these Eyeball Deviled Eggs for a protein-rich snack.
Pass out non-food treats: Kids love Halloween-themed items like pencils, erasers, magnets, stickers, and glow-in-the-dark necklaces. Encourage activity with jump ropes, chalk, bouncy balls and bubbles.
Set daily candy limits in advance: Agree on how much candy your child is allowed to eat on Halloween night and each day after. Be sure to set an end date or their stash can last until the New Year.
Keep candy out of sight: "Out of sight, out of mind" works here. If you're lucky, they may even forget it is there! Teach kids that candy is a treat that can be enjoyed after all other nutrient needs for the day are met.