Tricks for the Treats

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October 31, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

That’s right Halloween is just about here. Dressing up and receiving free candy is fun for everyone but leads to an incredibly high sugar and fat consumption. No need to worry, what time is better than now to emphasize that moderation is key. When the kids come home most try to go through all the candy they have.

Moderation
Allow them to make piles of their favorites and have the rest go in a pile for donations. You can donate the candy overseas in a care package or local shelters. Then set the pile of candy away and allow only a couple treats a day. Then they can be the ones to determine which candy to have and when during the day to have it. Even just storing it away in the pantry helps keep your children from eating it all and having a stomachache. Try to stay away from rewarding your children with the treats because this can give off the wrong message and have them want it more.

Healthy Options
Don’t want to give out the typical treats and have the leftovers stay around in your house? You don’t have to buy candy and trick-or-treaters will still love it. Candy is what everyone gives and its always nice to give out something unique. Try giving out healthier options such as rice cereal bars, graham crackers, or fruit snacks made with 100% fruit. You can also stay away from food in general and go for items such as stickers, temporary tattoos, bouncy balls, or small toys that light up. Having something different will excite the children and then you’re not left with too much candy in the house afterward.

Safety
Make sure you check your children’s candy before allowing them to eat it. While children with allergies should be especially cautious and aware, it is important for everyone to know what is being consumed. Stay away from homemade treats or already opened treats. You don’t know where your children may be getting all of their treats from and you want to be sure it is safe for them to consume.

source: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442478341

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Dr. Wali Gauvin

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