TAMPA (BLOOM) – Halloween is right around the corner and most kids are excited about the loads of candy they will bring home Halloween night. As a parent, your first instinct might be to hide or control how much candy your child eats, but research shows that might do more harm than good.
Registered Dietitian, Cassandra Sampson, joined Gayle Guyardo, the host of the global health and wellness show, Bloom, to share intuitive eating tricks for Halloween treats, including three examples of how you can incorporate candy into a nutritious meal.
TRICKS AND TREATS TRAIL MIX
- Create a trail mix from the left over candy: the goal is to achieve sweet, salty, crunchy and color in the mix.
- Dried fruit (any kind) for sweetness
- Lightly salted nuts (any kind): crunchy texture, protein and healthy fats
- Whole grain cereal for crunch and calcium, iron and fiber
- M&Ms (any kind) or Skittles for color and sweetness
- Add a fun topping to whole wheat toast.
- 100% whole grain toast
- Nut butter or seed butter
- A sprinkle of crushed candy pieces, such as a mini Butterfinger or Reese’s Pieces
- Crush the candy and sprinkle into low sugar yogurt.
- Low sugar yogurt
- Any candy (with the exception of hard candies like Jolly Ranchers)