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Normally we focus on the entertainment at a party, but we know that like us a lot of you are probably worried about how to safe guard healthy eating habits for the kids during this season of treats, treats, and more treats. We asked nutritionist and nutrition blogger Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition to share her tips for you and your kids. It’s nearly time for the annual holiday party circuit, and I have a radical suggestion for navigating it: Keep yourself in control, but let your kids have free reign at the festivities. Why the double standard? Three reasons:
That said, this plan will work better if you also do the following:
*Keep your child’s diet healthy on the day of the party. If she asks for a treat, remind her that you’re going to a party later and she’ll have a chance to eat those kinds of foods there.
*Check in with your child during the party. If he’s on his third helping of cheez puffs and fudge, ask him what his tummy is telling him—is he still hungry or is he full? Maybe even overfull? If you think he’s eating out of boredom, redirect him to some toys or gather the kids together to play a game or dance to music.
*Go easy on goodies at home during the holidays. While occasionally overdoing it on junk food is okay, most families attend multiple holiday gatherings. Save those special foods for parties and avoid keeping little dishes of candy and containers of cookies around your house.
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, is a freelance writer, dietitian, educator, and mom of two who blogs at Real Mom Nutrition.