What do Dietitians Give Out at Halloween?

October 27, 2018

By Melissa Peters, RDN and Meaghin Svenson, RDN

Halloween can be a special time of year for young and old alike, but it can also be a time of overindulging on sweets. It’s nearly impossible to prevent your child (and you) from being exposed to candy this time of year so set ground rules in advance for candy consumption.

Have a conversation with your child before trick-or-treating, telling them about the holiday, the process of trick-or-treating and what is going to happen with all of their candy.

You can ask you child to name three of their favorite candies and then use those choices to narrow down their Halloween stash.

Each day let them choose one or two candies (depending on size) to enjoy. Lastly, set a “throw out” or “donate” date a couple weeks after Halloween. Many organizations are happy to accept unused, wrapped candy to distribute to those in need or to soldiers serving overseas.

In the end, it’s all about moderation while trying to avoid a temper tantrum.

Not all treats are created equal. Some Halloween snacks pack less of a sugary punch. Hackensack Meridian Health’s dietitians shared their Halloween picks that will satisfy your sweet tooth without adding too many calories.

I hand out small almond chocolate bars like Almond Joy. The small candy bar has 80 calories along with protein and fiber. - James Montgomery, M.S., RDN

For more healthy eating tips, attend one of our upcoming cooking classes.

Contributing Dietitians:
Christina D’Angelo , M.S., RDN, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Courtney Lauro, RDN, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Robin McConnell, M.S., RDN, CSO, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center
James Montgomery, M.S., RDN, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Geri Opitz , M.S., RDN, CDE, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Melissa Peters, RDN, Riverview Medical Center
Alexa Scotto, RDN, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Gina Signorelli, RDN, Hackensack University Medical Center
Maria Stanish, M.S., RDN, Hackensack University Medical Center
Pamela Stofberg, RDN, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center
Meaghin Svenson, RDN, Riverview Medical Center