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Ask the Nutritionist: Make your Halloween a healthful family event

In her latest Ask the Nutritionist commentary, the National Restaurant Association’s Director of Food & Healthy Living Joy Dubost, Ph.D., R.D., provides some quick tips for making a healthful, fun-filled Halloween.

Children (and maybe adults) with candy-filled bags from trick-or-treating is a key sign that Halloween is here. While allowing some indulgent treats, there are many ways in which you can make your Halloween activities more healthful. 

Treat your child to quality family time together by eating out a local restaurant, or by ordering takeout or delivery to enjoy at home. Restaurants offer a range of healthful options, including healthful options for kids. Our Kids LiveWell program highlights these options, making the healthful choice the easy choice for American families.

In addition to making smart choices for dinner options, there are some other things you can do to create a healthy Halloween environment:

• Plan in advance. You and your child should discuss how much candy they can eat at one time and when they will eat it, such as one “treat” after dinner.
• Have your child sort their candy into “most to least favorite” piles. Ensure the portion sizes are small, such as the miniature candy bars.
• Encourage a fun physical activity to help burn those extra calories from the treats.
• Balance, variety, and moderation are always three words to remember.

For trick-or-treaters coming to your door, opt to hand out more nutritious treats like these:

• Whole grain cheddar flavored crackers
• Sugar free gum
• Low-sugar granola bars
• Graham crackers
• Dried fruit or fruit snacks made with 100% juice
• Trail mix or nuts
• 100 calorie snack bags
• Low fat pudding (shelf-stable)

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