Tempted by Halloween Candy? Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Halloween

different kinds of halloween candyFor health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat?

There isn’t just one right answer.

Instead, use your best judgment based on your child’s personality and eating habits. Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted to decide how much to eat. But if your child tends to overdo it, consider setting limits.

“Knowing that parents are often their little ones’ role models, keep in mind that if you can’t set candy limits, then it will be harder for your child to as well,” said Andrea Branton, RD, LDN, CSP, a pediatric dietitian.

Here are some more tips for handling the Halloween treats:

You also can offer some alternatives to candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Here are some treats you might give out:

Steer clear of any snacks or toys — like small plastic objects — that could pose choking hazards to very young children.

And remember that Halloween, like other holidays, is a single day on the calendar. If your family eats sensibly during the rest of the year, it will have a more lasting impact than a few days of overindulgence.

Andrea Branton, RD, LDN, CSP, is pediatric dietitian for Mission Children’s Hospital.

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