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Nutrition

Staying Healthy When Faced With Post-Halloween Treats


When we think of Halloween, the word healthy doesn't usually come to mind. And now that your children have probably loaded up their goody bags with less-than-healthy treats,you'll need to find ways to let your children enjoy their snacks, while still remaining healthy.

Jyl Steinback, author of "Fat-Free Living Cookbook," has thought up a few simple tricks for some healthy treats!

Let children learn about making healthier choices. Teach them to read and understand nutrition labels on their candy treats. Which would they rather have — four small squares of Hershey bar (1.4 oz.) or 20-25 jelly beans? The chocolate bar is loaded with 220 calories and 13 grams of fat; all those jelly beans have 146 calories and 0 grams of fat!

Try not to forbid a little indulgence on Halloween; kids like to know they have a choice. When it's their choice to "have" or "have not," the temptations are usually not as great. Focus on portion control rather than forbidding a little splurge!

To handle the overflow in the weeks following Halloween:

  • Use your Halloween candy for lunch treats; let your child choose a treat each day for one week after Halloween.

  • Have the children fill up bags of candy and take them to their teachers for school time treats throughout the year.

  • Take advantage of your freezer; fill up mini freezer bags with treats for special days. Think of your family when selecting the treats you will pass out. Treats do not have to be sugar-laden and fat-filled to be fun.

Keep the fun and focus on Halloween festivities rather than candy treats. For more fat-free tips, visit: http://www.fatfreeliving.com.


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