Halloween is just a few days away and, if you're a parent, you know how difficult it can be to keep your kids eating healthy when there are so many sugary products freely available. We've put together a few tips to help you out.
- Make a big, healthy dinner for your kids before taking them to trick or treat. This will reduce their appetite when they're out and about with a bunch of sweets in their hand.
- Offer them a reward in exchange for a certain amount of candy. This could be a toy, a fun outing, or something else they've been wanting.
- Talk with your kids about the dangers of eating too much sugar and come up with a plan together about how to limit that intake.
- Get a smaller bag or bucket for their trick or treating candy. That way, if they want to visit a lot of houses they'll have to be careful about how much they take at each one.
- Be a good role model yourself – don't have Halloween candy sitting around prior to the day and get rid of any leftovers you have from handing candy out (or, better yet, hand out healthy alternatives to candy!)
- Tell your kids to save their candy for a few weeks so that they can use it to decorate gingerbread houses.
- Have your kids separate their candy into two piles – the ones they want to keep and the ones they don't. You can donate or get rid of the later.
Finally, make your Halloween full of fun and movement! Kids are full of energy, especially when wearing fun costumes, and it's the perfect opportunity to engage them in physical activity like (safely and with supervision) racing between houses.