Halloween comes once a year and kids look forward to this holiday because they can indulge in all the candy they’d like. But, as parents, you must watch their intake because you don’t want a sick kid on your hands. Not to mention, you don’t know if people stuffed anything into the treats they’re handing out. So, in order to prevent your kids from feeling ill or consuming too many sweets, I spoke with Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN is a registered and New York State-certified dietitian nutritionist and the founder of Nutritioulicious, who provided me with some helpful tips.
• Provide a balanced dinner. Before your kids head out for the night, make sure they have a balanced dinner that includes lean protein, lots of veggies, and a healthy starch. A healthy, balanced dinner won’t stop the kids from eating candy, but at the very least it will keep them somewhat satiated while trick-or-treating.
• Set the rules. Before your kids head out to gather up all the candy they can fit in their jack-o-lantern or pillow case, lay down the law. Some guidelines you may want to adhere to include: waiting to eat the candy when they get home, not in the streets choosing 3-4 pieces of candy that they will have that night and saving the rest for another time taking only one piece of candy, not a handful, from each house.
• Hide the stash. Once the kids are home and have eaten their few pieces of candy, put the rest away — out of sight and out of their reach. When they ask for the candy the next day, let them choose a couple of pieces as a treat. Eventually the novelty will wear off. Just be sure you don’t get into the stash yourself!
• Brush their teeth. Needless to say, all that candy can lead to cavities, so make sure your kids brush well when they’re done indulging!