Every year during Halloween, children bring home bags full of sugar and calorie-ridden treats.
Excessive candy intake can affect your child's physical and mental well-being, from stomachaches and cavities to mood swings.
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This is why it is important for for parents to monitor and educate their children's eating habits during Halloween. Try the following alternatives to the traditional Halloween treats for a healthier holiday season.
Healthy Treat Alternatives:
- Trail Mix
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Popcorn Balls
- Graham Crackers
- Granola Bars
- Sliced Apples
- Baby Carrots
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Parents should also monitor the candy that their children bring home from school, parties and trick or treating. Talk with your children about how candy can ruin their teeth, stomachaches and lead to diabetes or obesity.
Set ground rules about how many sweets they can have a day. You should limit one piece per day. Another idea is to make them earn a piece of candy. Have them do chores and at the end of the week they can receive a piece of candy.
If they are craving sweets give them one of the healthy snack options instead. Also, make sure to keep their candy hidden so they don't get into the stash of candy. Plus, keep in away from you so you don't indulge in their sweets.
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Also, take your kids outside and go for a walk every evening to get some exercise in. If they are having some candy they will have lots of energy to burn off. Make it a family affair and talk about different Halloween stories to keep the spirit of Halloween in play. It's important to teach your children that working out is part of a healthy lifestyle.
It starts with you the parent to educate your child with healthy choices. Help them start living a healthy life and teach them the right choices this Halloween.
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