You and your kids survived the sugar-frenzy that happens often with Halloween. And if you’re like many American families, you might have overindulged on sweets just a bit (or a lot!). But now that the page on the calendar has turned to November what should you do with the leftover Halloween candy? It’s time to find some creative ways to encourage your kids to manage the candy stash in a healthy way.
Post-Trick or Treat
Now that Halloween has come and gone, here are tips to avoid the sugar overload:
Divide up treats
Have kids separate the leftover halloween candy into two piles – what they love and what’s just okay or they don’t like. Let them keep just the pile of favorites and have them come up with ideas to get rid of the rest. Suggest donating excess candy to the troops or a homeless shelter. For a good cause, suggest that your kids give up some of their favorites.
Teach portion control
Explain that many foods can be part of a healthy diet if eaten in moderation. Calculate what a single serving of candy is and then put them into small bags as a reminder of what one serving looks like.
Hide the sweets
Keep candy in an out of the way spot or at least out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind!
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Don’t make candy off-limits
Using candy as a reward or severely restricting how much can be eaten sends a message that candy is forbidden and often makes it more desirable. It’s better to encourage a healthy relationship with sweets and other foods.
Watch your own intake
Kids model healthy behaviors after their parents. So if you’re not loading up on candy after the holiday or sneaking treats when you think no one’s looking, there’s a better chance they won’t either.
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