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Q: How can I convince my kids to eat their Halloween candy in small amounts?

Posted October 16, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get the kids together for some spooky, fright-filled baking and cooking.

Of course, Halloween is known to be a sugar-laden candy fest, and this is a perfect opportunity to talk to your kids about moderation and healthy eating. Use this opportunity to talk to your kids and explain to them that candy, like many of our other favorite treats, is a “sometimes” food. “Sometimes” foods aren’t foods we eat every day because they don’t give our bodies the nutrients we need to grow and stay healthy.   We enjoy “sometimes foods” on occasion, and because we enjoy them only once in a while, it makes them that much more special.

Now, nobody wants to rain on any kid’s candy parade but not all Halloween treats have to be extremely sugar-laden. To keep things kid-friendly and ward off any candy battles, if you are going to offer healthier treats, make up for the lost sugar by upping the fun factor. Visit for frightfully delicious (and nutritious) Halloween-themed ideas that kids and adults can agree upon. This is the perfect opportunity to explain that when the majority of our food choices are healthy, there is room in a balanced and healthy diet for a yummy treat.

This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

Contact your Ankeny Hy-Vee dietitians for further questions, 515-964-0900 or 515-963-3130.

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