by: Kristin Hoppe, BS, NC, mother of 4 year old twins, Korina & Zaria
1) Set expectations early. Talk to your kids about how fun Halloween is but that it is a special occasion, and candy is a special treat to be enjoyed once in awhile. You can also gently talk about how eating too much candy can make our bellies hurt and not feel well.
2) Make sure kids eat well all day. Plenty of protein, fat, & fiber to regulate their blood sugar. Meal Ideas:
Breakfast: eggs & avocado, 100% sprouted whole grain toast with butter
Lunch or Dinner: Roasted chicken with veggies (such as steamed carrots, roasted broccoli, sauteed string beans). Serve with brown rice, quinoa or sweet potato with butter or olive oil.
snacks: yogurt, cheese, fruit
3) Drink plenty of water all day
4) Eat before heading out for trick or treating.
5) Discuss candy eating rules before heading out. ie: that you need to inspect the candy 1st & then they are allowed to choose a few favorites pieces they can eat
6) Trade in candy for a toy they want. I just got turned on to this new concept/book: Switchcrafted. The book & witch doll provides a story and platform for families to start a new Halloween tradition with their children by getting rid of all the sugary Halloween treats and exchanging them for something healthier and all because the Witches need their candy for fuel (energy, heat, broom fuel).
7) Then Toss the Rest! You don’t need it and no one else does either. 🙂