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Halloween is tomorrow, and along with the ghastly ghouls, spooky spirits, and haunted houses, also comes sweets and sugar filled treats. This year, First 5 San Diego has some tips that can help you and your child celebrate a healthier All Hallows’ Eve:

• Be sure you and your children eat three nutritious meals throughout the day to keep yourselves feeling satisfied all day long. This will keep your blood sugar in check; lead to fewer cravings, and in turn, less candy consumption.
• Stay hydrated. Thirst can often camouflage itself as hunger, tempting you to eat an unhealthy treat when you are just thirsty.
• Buy candy you don’t like to eat yourself. If you love sweet and sour but hate chocolate, buy a bunch of chocolate treats for your trick-or-treaters or vice versa. You’re not going to eat something you don’t like just because it is there.
• Store your treats out of sight or in harder to reach places. This will cut down on mindless indulging.
• When you are heading to a Halloween party, eat something healthy at home before you go. Most Halloween parties are full of heavy food and candy. If you are already full when you get there, it will be much easier to avoid the bad stuff.
• Make your own Halloween treats. This will not only benefit you and your children’s health, you will have a blast. An example would be celery, peanut/almond butter and raisins. You can tell the kids they are eating bugs and they will go bonkers!

At the end of the day, you will likely have candy left over, from your own purchases or from the bounty your kids have collected trick-or-treating. Be sure to sort the candy your children have collected to ensure all of the candy is safe to eat. From there, it is good to establish a limit on how much they can have. Here’s an idea, let them have a couple pieces that day, but trade in the rest to the “Halloween Witch” for a prize like a Halloween book.

Today at 8:00am • 4 Comments

Yes, it's that time again…the Candy Buy Back is here!

Are you interested in participating in Candy Buy Back this year?
Children can bring in their surplus candy into participating Dentists and Businesses. The business will give them $1/lb of candy "forfeited". Candy will then be shipped to our US troops overseas. Clink the link below to find a list of participating businesses.

Halloween Candy Buy Back

"Buy" back Halloween candy from neighborhood kids, then send it to the troops overseas! What a great way to brighten the day of an American Hero.

Oct 29th 9:00am • No Comments