To kids…candy rocks. No wonder Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for children. While it’s hard to get exact figures, it’s expected that kids will eat about two cups’ worth of sugar in Halloween treats on the holiday and the days thereafter. (For reference, the American Heart Association says kids should get no more than 6 teaspoons or 100 calories of sugar per day.)
Here are five smart ideas for what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy so no one in your house gets a Halloween “sugar” hangover.
After kids have fun sorting their sweets and treats, it’s best to ration their candy and keep it out of sight. When candy is visible and easy to reach, we eat three times as much of it compared to when it’s out of sight. Allow your children to choose up to 100-200 calories each day (about 3-4 pieces of chocolate mini candies) and then put the remainder of the candy away until the next day.
Try the Buy-Back
Many parents have successfully employed a new strategy to get their children to give up their candy: buying it back. How it works? Give you child five or ten cents for every piece of candy he or she offers up to you. Take the candy to your office or to the local hospital or shelter to give to others.
Freeze It for Your Recovery Smoothies
Freeze extra chocolate candies and add blend them into your favorite post-workout smoothies. The chocolate (1-2 mini pieces) will provide a chocolatey boost to your post-workout recovery drinks.
Send It to Our Troops
There are several organizations that send favorite foods and treats to troops to give them a little taste from home. Operation Gratitude has drop-off centers across the country that are set up to collect Halloween candy.
Help the Homeless and Less Fortunate
Many homeless shelters will take some of your child’s extra sweets. Giving to those in need is a great way to teach kids about the importance of helping those who are less fortunate.