7 Strategies to Curb Candy Eating
As if it isn’t hard enough not to overeat during holiday celebrations and family dinners, walk into any drugstore or supermarket this time of year and you’ll find severed fingers, edible eyeballs, and numerous other bloodied, grotesque body parts. Here are some strategies to consider not just for Halloween but for the rest of the year.
- Make sure you have your child eats a protein rich meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Dinner is most important. Avoid having your kids go out before they eat a nutritious meal that will keep them from going crazy with candy.
- Make your own caramel apples or caramel popcorn balls using real caramel, sugar and butter. (avoid vegetable oils/trans-fats)
- Serve after dinner before trick or treating. The fiber from the apple and the sweetness of the carmel may eliminate half the candy your child might normally eat if they went out on an empty stomach.
- Take your children to a specific number of houses so they are only able to get so much candy.
- Make sure your child drink plenty of water
- Offer a protein rich snacks like greek yogurt, nuts, beef jerky, or a glass of whole milk upon returning from ‘trick’ or ‘treating’ to reduce the candy they want when they return home and to keep them from getting all worked up!