Plumbing the pits of despair with the thoracic outlet syndrome

Filed in: Diseases & Conditions.

Tricks children into becoming healthy treats for Halloween

Make your children gobble up treats that are good for them!

By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD / LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert Column

Every year, at this time, when spooky advertisements abound and the aisles of grocery stores are full of individual sized candies, I reflect on my dilemma: Do I stock up on sugar– Carrying treats for neighborhood children or I put on my dietitian hat and look for healthier alternatives that do not cause a look of disgust towards children?

Indeed, every year my professional hat takes control and I walk the aisles of grocery stores, pharmacies and mega shopping clubs to get healthy food and fun non-food gadgets that will please lovers of the hottest sweets. My goal is to generate a little emotion on the part of the children for the healthy treats and place them in their Halloween buckets. After all, I want the children to know that there are goodies that are delicious, good for you and that do not start with "c" and end with "and".

From the pantry

Gone are the days when you could bake a batch of homemade oatmeal cookies or popcorn balls and pass them. Most parents hesitate to let their children enjoy anything that is not individually involved. So the sweets from my kitchen, wrapped decoratively in ghosts and goblins, ala Martha Stewart, are not an option. The good news is that there are a lot of prizes of individual servings to satisfy even the most demanding witches.

Read Also  How can high-calorie nuts help you lose weight?

The favorites in the pantry include:

Raisins Pretzels Juice boxes Mini water bottles (needed to help wash sweets while trick or treating) Simple cookies (Graham cookies, Teddy Grahams, vanilla wafers, etc.) Baked potato chips, baked tortilla chips Popcorn Low-fat granola or cereal bars Free gum sugar

Believe it or not, it is fun to discover some random items that are not sweet in the bag, both for mothers and children. Moms delight in finding nourishing snacks that they can borrow to put in Johnny's lunch box. Children like variety and often end up eating or drinking nutritious treats while trying to get a break from all the sweets.

Party store gifts

If you choose to generate a little more excitement from your neighborhood gang, try the many non-food items that children love. I must admit that these items generate smiles larger than some of my healthy treats. Watch for small, inexpensive devices and the things kids love to collect, such as:

Decorative pencils Small rubber balls Erasers Erasers of rubber, elves, witches Waxed lips Luminous sticks Stickers Keychains Marbles Tic-tac-toe or other small games Bubbles Chalk Coloring books Crayons

How bad is a candy cube?

Well, then he decides to wear his father's hat, fondly recalling the excitement of his own childhood when he came home after Halloween night and spilled all his goodies on the living room floor. Why would you want to deny the children this same memorable experience? Of course, there is nothing wrong with candy in small doses. The problem is that today more children are overweight or obese and it is a serious health problem. Is Halloween the time or place to correct this national problem? No, but it sure does not hurt to spread some non-sweet items to help reduce the temptation to get rid of sweets.

Read Also  Rosacea, acne, shingles: common skin diseases in adults

If you must sweets, choose no-chocolate Types that contain fewer calories without caffeine-type stimulants. Hard candies, gelatin types, licorice are good examples of sweets without the extra fat calories of chocolate and without potential stimulants.

A dose of parental guidance

As a parent, it is best to establish a plan for how all these sweets will be consumed. Ideally, the distribution of the sweets will be the responsibility of the parents, otherwise, it is possible that the meals are omitted in preference to the sweet festivals. Distribute it in moderation. If you have a very active child who has a normal weight, you may be more generous, but not so much that it affects your appetite. Remember, children are growing and need many nutrients that are not found in sweets. The sweets should be considered a treat, to be consumed after meeting the needs of vitamins, minerals and nutrients of the body.

Originally published on October 24, 2003
Medically updated on October 14, 2005.

© 1996-2005 WebMD Inc. All rights reserved.


You May Also Like:
    Foods with proteins: how to balance proteins, carbohydrates and fats
    50 ways to lose your love handles
    How does your diet accumulate? According to a survey, many of us lack important nutrients By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD WebMD Weight Loss Clinic

    Home remedy to treat constipation – lemon juice
    Suffering from constipation? Here is a natural remedy that could do wonders. Constipation is no laughing matter, if left untreated, constipation can lead to

    9 health benefits of amla or gooseberries that can keep you healthy!
    Image of 9 amla or gooseberry health benefits that can keep you healthy!
    The fact that almost all Ayurvedic preparations contain amla or gooseberries is not surprising. It is known that this humble fruit is a rich

    How to drink less sugary soda
    Eyes that choose an eye doctor
    World lupus dayFact sheet on late-onset lupus World Lupus The day is celebrated annually on May 10. World Lupus Day focuses on the need

    8 reasons for unexplained bruises on your body
    picture for 8 reasons for unexplained contusions on your body
    Do you hit yourself in places where you do not even remember hitting or hurting, and the bruise does not go away for months

    Dyspepsia: the remorse of a guilty stomach
    50 ways to lose your love handles
    A Taste of Ireland: St. Patrick's Day Recipes Celebrate with these healthy versions of the comfort food classics. By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD Weight

    Heartburn: causes, symptoms, remedies, treatments
    A menu board in a restaurant.
    Will eating this give me heartburn? To answer this question, we must first understand what heartburn is. It is a burning discomfort, usually in

    20 products to make easy meals
    50 ways to lose your love handles
    Easy change of food Tired of the same as always, just as old for breakfast, lunch and dinner? You do not necessarily need a

    Amazing reasons for weight gain
    Person with a fat waist.
    Why weight gain? The obvious reasons for weight gain are eating more calories than normal or reducing the amount of physical activity in your

    Do you feel dizzy or dizzy right after eating? It could be a health problem!
    image for Do you feel dizzy or dizzy right after eating? It could be a health problem!
    Act soon, before your dizziness makes you faint and face a fatal accident. There may be times when you feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *