A: Use this opportunity to talk about moderation and healthy eating. Explain that candy, like many 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. Explain to your children that when the majority of our food choices are healthy, there is room in a balanced diet for a yummy chocolate treat on occasion. To keep things kid-friendly, keep foods in balance by upping the fun factor. Research shows that kids are more likely to try foods they helped to make, so get their hands involved in the food preparation. Here are a few suggestions for some frightfully delicious (and nutritious) Halloween snacks. Many fruits can be made into healthy spooky snacks. Turn strawberries and bananas into ghosts or clementines into pumpkins. Serve up raw veggies and dips with a Halloween-themed name to make it more fun to eat, such as Critter Crustini. Create Candy Corn Parfaits or Green Monster Smoothies with fruit and yogurt. Make Yummy Mummy Pizzas with cheese and fresh veggies on whole grain English muffins. Don’t be afraid this Halloween to let the kids “be kids” and enjoy the day, within reason.
Information provided by Shelley Woodall, RD, LD, Hy-Vee Dietitian, 823 Second St., Webster City, 515-832-3117