Halloween Day is the day of fun, spookiness, a little scare here and there; and of course the treats. Halloween is the day that lots of folks, most especially kids; get as many treats as possible which includes cookies, pies, donuts, and candies.
Of course, Halloween is meant to be a time to allow your kids to splurge on treats; but as parents, you have to be concerned about the nutrition of your children on this day also.
A lot of you might be asking why you need to be conscious of nutrition on Halloween; when it is just a day in the entire year. The reason why nutrition matters on Halloween are that unlike other days, your kids will get lots of candies and other sweet edibles; and then they will be too excited to resist eating all the candies they get on that one day. And you know that too much candy is not healthy for a kid’s body system.
So, to help your kids stay healthy even when they get as many candies in this world; here are few tips on how to go about it.
Tips To Keep Your Kids Healthy On Halloween..
Make your kids eat only their favorites
Definitely, there would be lots of candies from different brands, so to help your kids eat not too many candies; play the favorite game with them where they get to eat only their favorite candies. When they have picked their favorite candies (which you can be sure won’t be a lot), you can give the rest to friends, neighbors and other people around you.
Make them earn each candy they eat
Another way to help your kids stay healthy on Halloween is by making them earn the candy they eat. You can achieve this through house chores or by rewarding good character/deed. So instead of handing them all the candies they get, you make them earn each candy bar they eat. This will reduce the number of candies they have access to.
Mix up the treats
Don’t make your kids’ treats all about candies. Even if candies are all they get, you should add some other healthy treats to their treats jar; you can add fruits, crackers, granola bars, nutritious juice boxes, popcorns, fruit and nut bars, and gum packs. This will help you create a healthy treat mix.
Make sure they eat a balanced diet before snacking on candies
Feeding your children well before they go on the trick – or – treat is another way to do nutrition and also cut down on the number of candies they eat. When you serve your kids a full meal that includes all the major nutrients, they will be too filled to want to indulge in too many candies.
Be a role model
Mostly, kids learn by example. And to help your kids stay healthy on Halloween, you have to stay healthy also, by watching the number of candies you eat. When you eat candies in moderation, it is sure that your kid might not find the motivation to eat too much also.
Halloween is a holiday that should be enjoyed by everyone; both kids and parents, and it is not a day for you to start worrying over what your children are ingesting. Yes, there will be a lot of goodies for your kids, but don’t start policing the treats like a hawk, you’d look like a bad guy to your kids. And you know kids don’t like bad guys. Lol
Hence, you have to be diplomatic and tactful about your kids’ candy intake, don’t ruin their holiday by hoarding candies. All you need to do is to use the above-listed tips; and surely with the help of one or two of them; you’d be able to help your kids stay healthy on Halloween, regardless of the number of candies they get.