Halloween is one of those holidays that we have a love-hate relationship with, for many of us at least! We love the decorating, the costumes, seeing the children walk door-to-door and of course we love all the delicious treats that we hand out Halloween night. Whether it be trying to hide them from our children or simply trying to avoid them ourselves, it’s most often not an easy task.
We need to think of ways that we can limit the treats we eat this Halloween and the days to follow; not only for your children, but also for you!
Here are some tips that may help you and your family limit your intake of those not so healthy treats:
- Firstly, don’t allow your children to have control of their own treats. Monitor the treats they eat and keep it in an area where you are the go-to person when wanting a treat.
- Remove some treats that can be useful for other purposes (ie. chocolate bars for baking, candies for decorating, potato chips for entertaining).
- For yourself and for the family, plan a treat night that you will enjoy some of the treats that were collected or leftover (ie. Friday night during movie night).
- If there are still treats at the house two to three weeks after Halloween, and they are tempting you and your children it may be a good idea to get rid of them. Make use of the others by giving them to someone you know is hosting a party that could use your leftover treats.
- Although many of us understand the motto “out of sight, out of mind” and bring treats into work for your colleagues to enjoy, this may be a good practice for you, but you are in turn tempting your coworkers. They may not appreciate your generosity!!
- Most importantly, do not allow your children or yourself to replace meals with Halloween treats. Mealtimes are when you get the proper nutrition of energy, vitamins and minerals that your body needs – skipping meals can have a negative impact on your immune system.
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador