Tasty and healthy Halloween snacks offer a way to keep kids, and parents, from going overboard with candy. NY1's Jill Urban filed this report.
For many parents, the scariest thing about Halloween is the thought of how much candy your child will consume. It can be a gluttonous time, but Registered Dietician Molly Morgan has a few tricks that will help make sure your kids have the right balance of treats.
First, she says make sure your kids have a solid meal before trick or treating.
“You want some protein, some whole grains to help balance your blood sugars and that way when you're out trick or treating, it will take the edge off your hunger so you make smarter choices when it comes to sampling those sugary treats,” says Morgan.
If you are hosting a Halloween party, she says you can trick your kids into eating heartier foods by dressing them up.
For example, try little whole grain mummy pizzas or spider cracker sandwiches with all natural peanut butter and whole wheat pretzels. They are low in sugar and fun to eat.
Now before you start trick or treating, you need a game plan.
“Number one: downsize the bag that your child is going to be putting the candy in. Number two: set some ground rules. How many pieces can your children sample when you are out trick or treating? And last, but not least, when you come back in is sift through that candy with your kids and get rid of the pieces you don’t want them eating or they might not even like,” Morgan suggests.
Now all these tips not only apply to the kids, but the parents too. I mean, come on, how many of us raid our kids candy once they go to sleep?
If you are one of those, the trick is out of sight, out of mind. Take it out of the bowl and put it in a container and put it away, because if it’s in your face, you are more likely to stuff your face.
The same applies to the candy you give out. Morgan recommends you either choose candy you don’t like to avoid the pre-Halloween binge or buy just what you need. Don’t stock up too much.
If your child has food allergies or a restrictive diet, she says you should stock up on their favorites.
"Go, stock up on all the things you know your child can eat and then do a swap with them after they get back from trick or treating," says Morgan.
If you are overwhelmed with candy and just want it out of the house, you could look for a local candy drive for charity, because if you don’t get it out of your house, the thought of all that candy may just haunt you.