Candy has been a special part of Halloween since Americans first embraced the tradition of trick-or-treating in the 1950s. The celebrations associated with the holiday provide the perfect opportunity for parents to educate their children on moderation and the path to a happy, balanced lifestyle.
Here are a few of our favorite tips to help promote balance and moderation at Halloween:
- Start with a balanced dinner before hitting the streets for trick-or-treating. Teaching children about moderation while allowing room for treats is an important conversation for parents to have not only around Halloween, but also throughout the year.
- Have a plan in place to help children understand moderation after a successful night of trick-or-treating. Parents might consider allowing children to enjoy some candy the same day they trick-or-treat, and then portion out treats into small bags for later. Place two or three pieces of candy representing 100 calories or less in small, clear bags. Then, when children are allowed to have one of these portioned treats in the following days or weeks, they will see appropriate representations of moderate servings.
Remember that a balanced diet is formed over time and not from one night of eating. All types of foods can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a happy, balanced lifestyle – including treats.
Consumers understand the unique role that confections can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle and they are choosing to enjoy candy in moderation year-round. Most people in the U.S. enjoy candy 2-3 times per week, averaging about 40 calories per day and about one teaspoon of added sugar per day from confectionery items.
So don’t forget to treat yourself in moderation this Halloween!
Check out more tips by visiting NCA’s Ten Tricks for Halloween Treats.