Halloween candy guidelines
Some helpful tips for managing the mountain of treats
When the kids come home from trick-or-treating with a bag full of sugary delights this Halloween, it may be tempting to strip them of their spoils or limit their candy consumption in a well-intentioned attempt to be health-mindful. But watch it—being too restrictive can turn candy into a “forbidden” treat, making it all the more tempting, says Dr. William Gillespie, a pediatrician and EmblemHealth’s Chief Medical Officer. Other Halloween candy tips from the good doc:
• Wait until the last minute to buy Halloween candy: If it’s not sitting around for days before Halloween night, you won’t be tempted to sneak a candy bar here and there.
• Keep candy out of sight: Once the kids have had their fun, put the candy away so they’ll be less likely to think about it.
• Toss the extras: It may be wise to let your kids pick out their favorite treats and get rid of the rest.
• Eat a light meal or snack before trick-or-treating: They may eat less candy this way. No promises.
• Don’t super-size: Buy miniature treats to help cut the calories.