For what does the bell toll? It tolls for calories, sugar and fat.
The annual ritual of trick-or-treating is nigh. Frighteningly, miniature renditions of Hannah Montana and Captain Jack Sparrow will be ringing our doorbell, eager to collect ghoulishly sweet, teeth-rotting treasures.
For parents who encourage their kids to eat healthy throughout the year, Halloween is a scary time indeed. Thankfully, more and more families are opting to hand out non-candy treats such as stickers, a glow stick or a low-fat crunchy snack. However, most children will receive a sizable bounty of junk food: miniature chocolate confection, bubble gum, hard candy and taffy, certain to wreak havoc on little teeth.
The motto at Pirate’s Booty (manufactured by Robert’s American Gourmet Food, LLC) is that no matter the age – tot to teen – children need to learn how to eat healthy and balanced to sustain good eating habits for life.
Here are the Pirate’s tips for a “Healthy Halloween”:
- Fill it up. Feed children a full, nutritious meal before heading out to trick-or-treat. This discourages them from devouring candy while out on the trail.
- Barter a trade. Offer coins or a coveted toy (or special outing) in replace of the candy.
- Do your research. Some dentist offices have actually started implementing candy buyback programs the day after Halloween. Kids receive a monetary reward, while the candy gets shipped to different organizations like US troops abroad.
- Treat others. Donate sweets to a local food bank.
- Portion control. Ration the candy and pack in zip lock bags. One or two small treats after a meal will satisfy that sweet tooth. Remember, It’s no longer “fun-size” when the child in possession of pounds of the stuff!
- Help another parent out. Hand out non-candy treats such as a low-fat snack pack. (Psst, Pirate’s Booty is trans-fat, gluten and tree nut free, so it’s perfect for most every kid. Plus, Pirate’s Booty only has up to 130 calories per serving, so if you have a few left over, moms and dads can enjoy without guilt!)
Don’t be haunted by the idea of feeding your kids the occasional sugary snack. Everything in moderation, as they say; Be sure your kid’s diet consists primarily of veggies, fruit and whole grains.
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