Expert Tips on Halloween Nutritional Swapping for Kids
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Expert Tips on Halloween Nutritional Swapping for Kids

Kids love Halloween partly because it's their harvest day for candy. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American child will collect in the range of 3,500-7,000 calories of candy during Halloween! Isn't that appalling? As a health conscious parent, I urge you to swap candy for more nutritious and wholesome treats for your kids this Halloween. And I'd like to share a few tips from Kate Geagan, who is coined "America’s Green Nutritionist", a frequent guest on morning news and talk shows, an award-winning dietitian, and the author of Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet.

Kate has helped millions of Americans fall in love with healthier, greener food choices that powerfully nourish their lives. As a mother of two, she offers the following strategies to help your family survive the Halloween junk food frenzy and make the nutritional swapping.

  1. Spell out HALLOWEEN and hand out healthy snack packs such as Earth's Best (Sesame Street) Organic Letter of the Day Vanilla Cookies. Candy won’t crowd out the healthy foods if kids are intrigued with the tasty alphabet treat.
  2. Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? KIDSAFE Cookies are a perfect Halloween “treat” in its own little package.
  3. Fill them up with healthy snacks first! Foods packed with fiber enriched whole grains like Elmo and Big Bird shapes of Crunchin' Crackers and Grahams in flavors of cinnamon, chedder and veggie digest slowly and provide your child with a steady stream of energy.
  4. Delicious drinks that are made from real fruit juice purees – perfect treat to go with any snack.

  5. Hand out non-food treats to the trick-or-treaters that come to your door – fake vampire teeth, glo sticks or other fun Halloween goodies.

Hope you'll find these tips helpful and succeed in keeping your child away from a scary sugar rush this Halloween.

Disclosure: I will receive free products to facilitate my posting. Contents of this article were provided by the PR agency promoting healthier Halloween treats.

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