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Seven Tips For Keeping The Peace At Easter When Kids Want Candy

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(ABC NEWS)- Fair warning to parents. From chocolate bunnies to peanut butter eggs and marshmallow chicks (oh my!), your child’s Easter basket could be full of the same amount of sugar that experts recommend kids eat over the course of several weeks.

 

“The really big chocolate bunnies alone, some can have close to 100 grams of sugar,” said Kristi King, senior pediatric dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “That’s four days’ worth of sugar.”

 

Children under the age of 2 should consume no added sugar, and children ages 2 to 18 should consume no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day, King said, citing widely accepted guidelines from organizations like the American Heart Association.

 

Here are some tips for Easter candy:

1. Consume candy in moderation.

The same rule that applies to nutrition in general, for both kids and adults, applies when it comes to candy, said both King and Shu.

“Everything in moderation,” Shu said.

2. Make a plan before Easter Sunday.

In order to both enforce moderation and not spark a fight, tell your kids ahead of time they won’t be able to eat all their candy in one sitting.

“Talk about the Easter bunny coming, that he’s going to bring some treats and we’re going to have some but also save some for later,” King advised. “Having your child involved in the conversation helps give them some ownership.”

 

3. Remember, your kids are watching.

Parents can be the best role models for their children when it comes to learning how to enjoy treats without overindulging or feeling guilty, King noted.

“Modeling plays a huge role in child development,” she explained. “If they see mom or dad sneaking off to eat chocolate, they may see that and think, ‘I have to do that too.'”

4. Read nutrition labels..

“Be aware of servings and portions,” Shu said. “Sometimes people overdo it because they don’t realize how fast the sugar grams add up.”



Daniella Hankey

Good Morning West Virginia! Daniella Hankey is the Morning and Noon newscast Anchor. Daniella joined Newswatch as a Multi-Media journalist and quickly moved her way up to an Anchor. Before landing in the beautiful Mountain State, Daniella called her home Orlando, Florida. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to further her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. When Daniella is not working, you can find her exploring West Virginia especially the Greenbrier and engaging with community members. As a morning anchor, Daniella loves putting a smile on viewers faces in the morning and informing them of community events. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at dhankey@woay.com. You can also follow Daniella on Facebook at DaniellaHankeyTV.


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