Calling all parents and caregivers!

Looking for healthy snack ideas for your little ones? Well, you've come to the right place!

It's the spookiest, yet "sweetest" time of year....Halloween!

Many parents struggle with deciding how much Halloween candy is too much for their little trick-or-treaters.

Here are some tips that are posted on York Region Community and Health Services:

1. After trick or treating, let your children empty their candy bag, sort it and eat as much of it as they want. Let them do the same the next day.

2. On the third day, have them put the candy away and only allow it to be eaten during meals and snacks: a couple of small pieces for dessert and as much as they want for snack time.

3. If children can follow these rules, they get to keep control of the candy. Otherwise parents take control.

4. Offer milk, fruit or vegetables with the candy to offer some nutrition.

5. Schedule meals and snacks at regular times and keep the routine of letting your child have Halloween candy only at these times. This way candy will not spoil a child’s diet.

6. Remind children to brush their teeth after eating the candy and if this isn’t possible, at least rinse their mouth.

These tips were adapted from: Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming Birth Through Adolescence, 2005 by Ellyn Satter.

You'll notice that these tips follow Ellyn Satter's Division of Responsibility of Feeding, where parents decide WHAT, WHEN and WHERE, while children decide IF and HOW MUCH. In order for this theory to be successful, a parent must trust that their child is capable of eating the amount they need. Ellyn believes, "if parents do their jobs with feeding, their children will do their jobs with eating".

What do you think about this idea? What are the "rules" in your home when it comes to Halloween treats?

Recipes FOR Kids Made BY Kids!

Check out these new award-winning kid-friendly recipes on the Eat Right Ontario website that were designed by kids themselves! These are perfect for back to school snack and meal ideas. 

Here's a sneak peak of one of the delicious recipes you can find on the site:

Edible Butterfly Quesadilla

School day snacks: Grades 4 to 6

Making your snack into a fun shape or animal can be a new way to enjoy it. By cutting your quesadilla and using some other vegetables, you can create this tasty butterfly snack. Riley, from Belle River, thinks kids will like this recipe because it is creative and colourful and it looks like a butterfly!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 1 butterfly


2      small whole wheat flour tortillas                                         
2      slices cheddar cheese                                 
1      small tomato, thinly sliced                           
1      large leaf romaine lettuce                             
3      baby carrots                                                
1      small stalk celery, cut in two                         


1. Place one of the tortillas on a plate. Top with cheese, tomato and lettuce. Place remaining tortilla on top. 
2. Cut into 4 quarters and separate slightly. Place 3 carrots in the middle to form the body of the butterfly. Place the celery sticks on top for the antennae.



Make the quesadilla and wrap in plastic wrap one day in advance.

Nutrition information per butterfly quesadilla: Calories: 436, Protein: 20.5g, Fat: 21.9g, Carbohydrate: 39.4g, Fibre: 5.8g, Sodium: 863mg, Calcium 417mg, Iron 2.1mg 

Click HERE to check out the rest of the yummy recipes on Eat Right Ontario

Food Skills for Little Chefs

Sharing these fun child-friendly cookbooks and resources I came across at Chapter's today!

Teaching kids how to prepare meals at an early age will help them to develop important food skills that will last a lifetime

The first step is to get your kids excited about food and where it comes from! Plant a fruit and vegetable garden together or visit a local farm, orchard or pumpkin patch. Use the fresh produce you pick to create delicious, healthy and colourful meals as a family.

Involve kids in meal and snack prep by teaching them age-appropriate techniques. For example, you can teach younger kids how to stir, whisk, knead or mash, and older kids how to safely peel, slice or chop. 

Your kids will feel proud when they get to taste a meal that they helped contribute to from start to finish!