You can’t escape the advertising and other hype kids are bombarded with at this time every year. You can’t turn on your TV set at any time after early October without being inundated with candy commercials. Halloween is all for eating lots of candy, especially for kids who go out trick-or-treating and get some at every house visited. How can a parent prevent a child from joining in on what all the other kids are doing?
Is it possible for you the worried parent to stay with the child every moment during and after Halloween?. Can you stick close while going out to supervise trick or treat night activities, attend kids’ holiday parties or find all the hidden leftovers on the day after? That snooping would be cruel, and probably a useless gesture, anyhow.
The very first supervisory duty you should assume has nothing to do with the calories or fats in the candies. It is to tell your children not to eat anything they collect from strangers in their travels from house to house. They must take all that loot home so you have the opportunity to examine it. There are too many examples every year of bad people putting harmful ingredients in the sweets they hand out to kids.
The secret, if there actually is one, of realistically regulating how many Halloween goodies your children will eat during their travels on Halloween is to first fill them up at home. Don’t send them out until they’ve eaten a low-fat, low-calorie nutritious meal at home. If the meal isn’t enough, serve them desserts of naturally sweet, raw or cooked fruit.
As a good example for your own, when neighborhood kids come to your house for trick or treat, serve them healthy snack pieces. This menu could include fresh apples, bananas, pears, oranges, tangerines, broccoli florets, celery stalks stuffed with tofu cheese, carrot and jicama sticks.
If neighborhood kids hang around your house for awhile during the evening trick or treat activities, encourage them to dip the veggies and fruit pieces into a bowl of plain or honey-flavored yogurt.
To regulate how much Halloween candy your children eat at Halloween time, you should know you can’t be out there trick-or-treating to monitor their every moment. The only way to succeed in having them avoid such temptations is to teach them the value of eating healthful foods. This doesn’t apply only on holidays, but at all times, so they’ll get the best chance to grow up healthy and strong.