Tricks for less treats at Halloween

Cara Cunningham, Com

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Cara Cunningham, Com

Halloween is huge these days. Most kids will go out trick or treating and this usually results in huge bag of goodies.

Halloween is huge these days. Most kids will go out trick or treating and this usually results in huge bag of goodies.

So how do you stop your kids literally eating so much that it makes them sick! Here are a few hints to limit sweet consumption without transforming your little angels into complete monsters.

Preparation, preparation, preparation!! Teatime, don’t leave home without it! By having a healthy teatime you are at least getting some healthy stuff into your children. The theory being that the less hungry they are, the less sweets they will eat or maybe the bigger the chance that they will bring more home (less snacking during trick or treating!)

Setting limits with your children before they go out trick or treating is a good approach. You can always store sweets collected in a special container which can be eaten over a longer time rather than gorging on all at one go. Encouraging sharing with other children can mean a big ‘stash’ of sweets can be distributed widely! Well as ‘Barney’ famously says ‘sharing is caring’.

It is also important that parents act as a good role model. There is no point trying to explain to your child why too much chocolate is bad for their teeth while you are chomping your way through the leftovers!

Don’t forget there are other alternative to sweets – like stickers, small toys, temporary tattoos, little bottles of bubbles can be a nice change from the usual sticky treats. But just to be careful that children are aware they are toys and not sweets, as small plastic stuff can be a choking hazards.

Woohoo Hallowen can be a scary nutritionally time, but with a little bit of forward planning it need not be a horror completely!

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For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact:

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9395518 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.