Food for Thought: Halloween treats

Halloween is just around the corner and that means lots of candy, but there are ways for parents to make smart healthy choices after trick-or-treating.

Dietitians inform parents about how they can make healthy choices after trick-or-treating.

Dietitians inform parents about how they can make healthy choices after trick-or-treating. (10/29/13)

THE BRONX - Halloween is just around the corner and that means lots of candy, but there are ways for parents to make smart healthy choices after trick-or-treating.

According to Jessica Shapiro, a wellness dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center, it's important to let children have fun on Halloween without letting them indulge in too much prolonged candy consumption.

Shapiro says one day sweets won't do much harm, but it becomes a problem when extra candy sits in the house for days or months at a time until it all gets eaten.

She encourages parents to put extra candy in small bags for portion control, using it in a piñata for a birthday party or having kids trade in their treats for a reward, such as cash or a trip to the movies.  

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