My kids can’t WAIT for Halloween. How much fun is it to dress up and go door-to-door for a free candy-overload!?
I too remember the excitement of going from house to house, hoping for as many full-sized chocolate bars as possible.
But now as parents, I know many of us dread letting our kids eat a pillowcase full of sugar and food colouring.
Here are some ideas to make Halloween healthier, and how you can deal with the candy overload at home:
As for how to dole out these treats: it’s best to let your kid choose how much to eat, within some guidelines. If you follow feeding-guru Ellyn Satter’s advice, she suggests letting your child gorge on Halloween night, and then offer the candy only at a meal and snack.
She suggests offering 1-2 small pieces as a meal, and letting your child choose how much to eat at snacks (but still offering other foods). Besides giving your child some control over how much they eat, the candy will be gone more quickly!
You can also choose to dole out small portions at a time, like 1 or 2 candies a day. Depending on your child’s personality, they might not have a problem with this.
But when it is offered in limited portions, you might find your child coveting the candy and searching for your hiding spot! And studies show that children who are tightly restricted of treats will binge whenever they get the chance and actually weigh more.
How do you handle the Halloween candy overload in your home? Please share what’s worked with you below!
If you want to learn more about how other Calgary dietitians manage candy in their house, check out this blog: "How dietitians don't ruin Halloween for their children (while keeping their kids healthy and growing well).
And for some healthy Halloween treat idea (great for school parties!), my daughter and I demo some here.