Healthful alternatives for Halloween candy
POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 6:58pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 4:59pm
Tyler, TX — Halloween is coming up and kids will be getting their hands in the candy.
The sugar might be just too much, but there's some healthful alternatives.
It's that time to start buying candy and all that sugar can affect your kids diet.
"Having some candy in moderation is ok, but if you are looking for some alternatives you always can try some other things instead of candy."
Granola bars, fruit, Teddy Grams or fun things like pencils, playdough and stickers. All great trick or treat ideas.
"Our kids get exposed to too much sugar everyday so I know they are used to it, but some alternatives would be a great thing to buy," Sara Upson, Registered Dietitian.
Ironically...KETK spoke to the Sweet family about trick or treats. In the Sweet home, they don’t but Halloween candy. They prefer healthy snacks and when the kids do eat candy they eat as much as they can.
Sara Upson, Registered Dietitian, My Signature Nutrition, LLC says, if you restrict your kids diet then they will most likely eat too much candy.
"If you don't want your kids to eat that of course provide a healthy alternative, let your kids enjoy the holiday, they can actually moderate their intake and they actually know that having too much doesn't make them feel good," says Sara Upson, Registered Dietitian.
And if you have candy that you want to throw away, there’s another alternative.
Donate your candy.
Sara Upson, Registered Dietitian explains to KETK…
"There's a couple of places locally that you can take your candy that are accepting donations. There are two dentist offices here in Tyler, one in Athens participating in the "candy Buy Back " program, and they take that candy and ship it to the troops overseas for them to enjoy so it's really a fantastic program to be involved with."