If you haven’t noticed, Fall is almost here and that means Halloween is, too. As parents, many of us ask ourselves what we will do with all that candy- and (better yet) how we will deal with a sugar overload in our children should they consume too much of said candy. If you want to avoid the sugar overload and crash this year, or at least make it a bit easier, check out these tips.
Eat before going out for trick-or-treating or other events. If your kids eat a healthy and balanced meal before the candy starts rolling in, they will be too full to gorge on too much candy. Plus, the healthy food will help balance out some of the junk food.
Sort the candy before giving it to your child. This is for health and safety reasons (yes, sick people really do alter candy to harm children) and can help with that sugar overload. Pile up candy they cannot have due to allergies or personal reasons. Then, allow them to divide the rest of the candy. They need to toss the candy they don’t want and keep the candy they do want. Make it a rule that they have to divide this pile in half, so they should choose wisely when deciding that they want to keep. This will keep the sugar consumption down.
Divide the candy into portion sizes. This will teach your kids that candy is a treat and shouldn’t be eaten in large amounts. It also keeps that sugar overload and crash away.
Hide it. If kids see the candy, they will eat the candy. Put it away where they cannot reach it and give it to them in portion sizes you are comfortable with.
Drink lots of water. Sugar makes you dehydrated, just like salt. In order to help your body process the sugar, you need to drink lots of water. Have your kids drink water with their candy and even before going out to collect the candy.
Give them space. If your kids eat too much candy, give them space to run and play it off. The more energy they spend, the faster the sugar will go through their tiny bodies and leave it!