Halloween trick-or-treating is around the corner, but in our house the festivities and treats have already begun. And I am trying to keep all of our sugar intake to a moderate level. I LOVE chocolate and am trying to keep myself from digging into the candy I bought for the trick-or-treaters when my kids are asleep. My goal is to make sure our kids (and my husband and I) eat healthy meals every day while doling out the sugary snacks in moderation. Personally, I am striving for moderation NOT denial.
Here are some helpful tips for restraining the sugar rush:
– On Halloween day, try to have your kids eat healthy meals. Prepare dinner for the kids before they head out to trick or treat.
– Great tips from other parents for managing the mountains of candy after Halloween include: Limit your kids to maybe two pieces of candy a day, save it to decorate your holiday gingerbread house (thanks to Parent Hacks), or have your kids barter their candy for non-edible treats (stickers, small toys) or for a special outing or event (thanks to the Savvy Source for Parents).
– If your kids have food allergies, read Sure Foods Living for useful ideas on How to have an allergy-free Halloween.