I have fond memories of trick n’ treating on Halloween. Walking door-to-door, in costume, and gathering candy. I also enjoyed checking out my candy stash at the end of the night and then the inevitable candy binge that my parents didn’t always realize was happening… I was a sneaky kid 😉
As a nutritionist, this issue is a hard one for me because I love the spirit of Halloween, but not the candy so much. And I am not sure I am ready to be known as the lady who gives out toothbrushes. Also, even if I have an opinion about candy that doesn’t mean that is what everyone else is thinking. So I will spare you a long blog about why you should not let your kids have Halloween candy. Instead, I will give you some tips about minimizing the effects of the candy overload.
While having healthy, nutrient dense meals and snacks is always important it is especially important on Halloween. Making sure your kids are fueled up with a hearty breakfast will help keep their blood sugar balanced during the Halloween Party at school and any other treats that come their way. Same goes for dinner. Heading out to trick-or-treat on a full stomach will keep them going strong. Check out the meal ideas below for inspiration.
Water, Water, and more Water!
Try to have the main drink be water of the day. This will help with hydration, flush out the system, and will not add any additional sugar intake.
Moderation is Key!
Once you have given your kids’ candy the all clear and it is safe to consume, do your best to give them their candy in moderation. Ideally, they and you would have almost none. However, I know that is not necessarily realistic. So try to keep it to a few pieces a day. Most candy will last for months, especially if frozen. Also, if you have a surplus of candy you can look into donating it to others.
Cutoff Day and Time
No one is perfect and everyone indulges. The key is for it to end. Seems obvious, I know. One day of candy, sugar, and treats is understandable. But when it stretches on for days or weeks that is a whole other issue (i.e. November and December). Set up your cutoff day and have your family agree on it. When the day arrives, remove the treats and eat lots of fresh, whole, and nutrient foods to get back on track. Lastly, a side effect of cutting out sugar is irritability, headaches, fatigue, and other symptoms, so be patient with yourself and others.
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How do you handle the Halloween candy with your kids? Got questions or comments? Post them below!
Mrs. Know it All