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Halloween isn't just for the spirited downing of candy corn and chocolate bars -- seasonal treats can also have some nutritional value in the form of crunchy pumpkin seeds, sweet potato chips and delish apple or banana snacks. Whip up some of these healthier homemade Halloween recipes for little ghosts and goblins as a treat that kids (and grown-ups) won't be spooked to eat.
Remember that one of the healthiest ways to deal with all the Halloween candy that makes its way home is to manage how and when it gets eaten. To avoid arguments over the candy loot, set up rules with kids before they go trick-or-treating. Some tips to keep in mind:
- Send kids out with tummies full of a warm and healthy dinner so they don't come home starved, or worse, end up eating a ton of candy along the way.
-- Allow a few extra treats on Halloween night.
-- Store candy out of sight, like in a kitchen cupboard that only you can reach.
-- Limit candy to one a day at an agreed-upon time, such as with a glass of milk as a snack, or for dessert after dinner.
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