Halloween candy is yummy, but kids like spiders too…spider rings that is. The truth is that, although kids love to get candy, many of them would like just as much to get some cool new Halloween pencils or pens, spooky stickers, tattoos, or spider rings. Or you can even try one of these options:
Mini rice cereal bites.
Packages of trail mix.
Cereal or energy bars
Small boxes of raisins.
Small packages of dried fruit.
Mini juice boxes.
You may not be the “coolest” parent on the block, but at least you can feel good about the fact that you’re not sending your neighbors’ kids into sugar oblivion!
Here are some other tips to putting a limit on the sugar factor around your house…
Don’t buy it now: You may be tempted to get organized and purchase your Halloween candy now. But that’s the worse thing you can do because most likely you will all eat it before Halloween and will have to go and purchase more. Purchase your Halloween candy on Halloween day to avoid an excess consumption of calories before the actual holiday.
Control consumption: If you leave it up to the kids, they’ll have half their candy eaten before bed-time on Halloween night! Instead, sit down with their stash, and separate it into small-sized snack pouches that limit how much candy they have per day. Not that we’re saying that kids need candy every day but at least it’s a start!
Move it to lose it: I like that Halloween gets families outdoors walking the neighborhood, but can’t we do that on more nights other than just Halloween and without the candy? So take this time as an opportunity to promote an active lifestyle and get them outside for a hike, a long walk or a bike ride. Their bodies will thank you for it!
Go HERE to read more on this topic in the article I just wrote for the Columbian.
Yours in Health & Fitness,
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