Sneaky Halloween Help

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With Halloween fast approaching, I’d like to share some sneaky tips to help families get through this nutritionally rough holiday:
-Don’t buy Halloween candy early – get it a day before – that’ll prevent eating it before the 31st.
-Give kids a good dinner (high protein and fiber) before they go out trick or treating  - this will keep them full and prevent overeating candy during the evening; examples of a good dinner are whole grain pasta with turkey meatballs or meatsauce – loaded with pureed veggies in the sauce.
-If your kids want to eat candy throughout their time trick or treating, give them a lollipop to suck – this will keep their mouths happy for very few calories (it’s a trick I use on myself when I take the kids out – so this mom doesn’t nibble too much candy!).
-After Halloween, give away a handful of candy everyday until it magically disappears – tossing the entire bag out at once will cause a riot. Allow kids to eat a piece or two of candy a day.
-To avoid temptation, keep the candy somewhat out of sight (and hopefully out of mind) – not in clear glass bowls/jars out on the counter.

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