5 Tricks for Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween is a time of year for kids to indulge their sweet tooth. That can mean heaps of sugary treats -a scary prospect for parents who want their kids to maintain healthy eating habits.
Luckily, there are some simple ways to make sure kids avoid a sugar overload and still have fun with the Halloween haul they bring back.
1. Don’t skip dinner.
Feeding your children a nutritious meal or snack before parties or trick-or-treating will keep them from being able to fill up on too many sweets.
2. Help kids practice portion control. 
When your children return home with their candy stash, sort through it and set limits on an acceptable amount to eat over the next several days. One tactic is to remind your kids that if they don’t eat it all now, they’ll have more treats for later. In a KidsHealth survey of 1,200 children, more than half (60 percent) said their parents should put limits on their candy intake-while roughly the same number said they voluntarily set their own limits.
3. Get a little creepy-and creative.
If you’re hosting a Halloween party, have fun with fruits and veggies, and get the kids to help. Create carrot-finger food or banana ghosts. Instead of serving chips or cheese puffs, go for pumpkin seeds.
4. Mix in healthier snacks. 
For trick-or-treaters, hand out some healthy Halloween treats that kids will like, such as snack crisps, and granola bars. Packages of dried fruit, raisins, or trail mix are also good options.
5. Consider nonfood treats. 
Not all treats have to be sweet. According to a Yale University study, children are just as likely to choose toys as candy on Halloween. So dole out an assortment of stickers, bubbles, small activity books, ore even money. To prevent a choking hazard, don’t hand out small toys to children younger than 3.
Article adapted from Consumer Reports.

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