October 25 — PROVO — Candy and Halloween go
hand-in-hand, but that doesn’t mean families have to give up on their efforts
to eat right.
Mindy Probst, registered dietitian at Utah Valley Regional
Medical Center, has five tricks families can use to have a healthier Halloween.
Divide and conquer: When your kids get home from trick-or-treating,
take the time to divide it into individual baggies. Use the snack-sized
baggies rather than the sandwich size for more control. Then set the
baggies somewhere out of reach and only allow one baggie per day.
Make a trade: Find something your kids want more than candy and
allow them to trade their candy in for it. The Brooks family of Highland
has been using this strategy for years, with no complaints from their four
children, ages 12, 9, 6 and 4. One year, the trade was for money. Another
year it was for toys and another was for dinner and a movie.
dinner: Make sure to feed your kids a healthy dinner before
trick-or-treating so they will be less likely to splurge on too much candy
when they get home. This same strategy can also help children and parents
avoid overeating at a Halloween party.
Out of sight,
out of mind: Don’t leave any candy out in plain sight – like a candy dish
on the counter. Instead, stash it away in an opaque container on the top
shelf of the pantry so it takes more effort to indulge.
Read the labels: Take time to read the labels on the candy you
choose. This will help you understand what the serving size is and how
many fat and calories are in each serving. See attached infographic to visualize how quickly you can reach
your daily allotment of “empty calories” by eating Halloween candy.
candy is empty calories, but some will have more fat than others. Staying
healthy around Halloween is all about portion control,” said Probst.
Families can also set an example for others in
the neighborhood by handing out healthier treats on Halloween. The Brooks
family chooses fruit leather, but fruit snacks or mini-pretzels are also good
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