If kids are full before they go trick-or-treating, then they will eat fewer pieces of candy afterwards.
Hand out non-sugary foods and toys, such as:
Whole grain cheddar cheese crackers
Trail mix of whole grain cereals
Trick-or-Treat and Exercise
Encourage children to walk from house to house instead of driving them.
Parents can even encourage siblings or friends to wear pedometers or activity meters and start a friendly competition for who can be the most active while they are collecting candy.
Take a small bag
It will get filled after going to a just few houses, but your child will still have that feeling of abundance that’s part of the holiday.
Steer Kids Away From Stickies, Sours, and Suckers
Treats that are sticky and sour, or sour ones that stay in your mouth for a long time, are double-trouble. Chocolate is a better option. It melts, so the time it spends in contact with teeth is minimal.
Other tooth-friendly treats are sugar-free gum, popcorn, pretzels, and crackers.
Serve a Candy Chaser
Drinking water helps to rinse some of the sugary treats off the teeth until a more thorough cleaning is possible.
Or give your child a little cheese (like mozzarella string cheese) and a small apple. It's a good, blood-sugar-balancing snack to help with post-candy recovery.
Trade It In
Have your child sort through the candy and pick their favorites, then get rid of the rest. Some dental practices will offer a candy buyback program, where children can cash in on their hard work.
Stash the Loot
Store the candy you do keep in the cabinets, freezer, or pantry, where it won’t be top of mind. Adults and kids are more likely to mindlessly munch on foods that are kept in plain view.
Our Winter Baked BBQ Chickenrecipe to give you a hearty meal option that doesn’t require complicated prep time. It’s tangy and filling and serves four to six people (depending on their appetites, of course).