Trick Kids into Healthy Treats for Halloween
Getting your kids to gobble goodies that are good for them!
How Bad is a Bucket of Candy?
OK, so you decide to wear your parent hat, remembering fondly the thrill of
your own childhood when you came home after Halloween night and spilled out all
your goodies onto the living room floor. Why would you want to deny kids this
same memorable experience? Granted, there is nothing wrong with candy in small
doses. The problem is that more kids today are overweight or obese and it is a
serious health problem. Is Halloween the time or place to correct this national
problem? No, but it sure doesn't hurt to sprinkle a few non-candy items to help
reduce the temptation to pig-out on candy.
If candy you must, choose non-chocolate types that contain fewer calories
without caffeine-like stimulants. Hard candies, jelly types, licorice are good
examples of candy without the extra fat calories of chocolate and sans
A Dose of Parental Guidance
As a parent, it is best to establish a plan of how all this candy will be
consumed. Ideally, the distribution of the candy will be the parent's
responsibility, otherwise, you may find meals skipped in preference to candy
fests. Dole it out in moderation. If you have a very active child who is of
normal weight, you can be more generous but not so much that it affects their
appetite. Remember, kids are growing and need lots of nutrients that are not
found in candy. Candy needs to be considered a treat, to be consumed after
satisfying the body's need for vitamins, minerals and nutrients.