26 Oct Our Tricks For A Fun (And Healthy!) Halloween!
Halloween is here and there’s no reason you can’t make it fun AND stay on track with your goals for healthy living. Here are our top tips for a healthy, happy Halloween!
Fill up the bellies before you head out:
Take time to eat a healthy, protein and fiber-rich dinner. A favorite of ours is a big pot of Chili with Gluten-free corn bread (made from scratch with organic, non-GMO corn of course!) The protein, fiber and good fat in your dinner will help balance out the sugar intake from any candy consumption.
Choose the lesser of evils:
Although you still need to investigate for tricks in the chocolate candies, they tend not to have any added food coloring. Chocolate bars may be a better option than the red, yellow, green and blue gummy or sticky candies. Aside from the food coloring concerns, these sticky candies often leave a residue on the teeth which can cause cavities.
Invite the Halloween Witch or Pumpkin Fairy over to visit:
For younger children, this is a fantastic way to have Trick-or-Treating fun without all the candy consumption. Take the kids out to collect all their candy, and when you return home have them select 5-10 pieces of candy they want to keep. The rest of the candy gets put into a bag and left out for the Halloween Witch or Pumpkin Fairy to take. In return, the witch or fairy will leave behind small tokens of appreciation like a puzzle, small toy, bubbles, etc. This has been a hit in our house for years!
The Buy-Back Program:
Many dentists run a buy-back program during Halloween where kids can take their bag of candy into the dentist office and receive money for their loot. Usually there is a limit (5 lbs or so of candy) for this activity. You can offer to match the cash award if you’d like.
If there’s no dentist in town running this program, feel free to offer the kids your own buy-back program. A dollar per pound can be pretty enticing to a young person looking to earn money. They still get to have all the fun and in the end, they make some money to put toward their next treasure.
Natural candy options:
You may swap out the loot for natural candy options. You can visit https://www.naturalcandystore.com for a wide variety of candies that guarantee absolutely no artificial colors or dyes, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives and no hydrogenated oils. You get all the fun you need without the funny ingredients!
Take action that is friendly and fun-loving so you can support you children’s health and allow them to have fun at the same time. I don’t think my kids will ever want to give up the Trick-or-Treating experience, and I don’t blame them. They do look forward to the return of the Halloween witch, and the element of surprise it holds for them. It’s a win-win for all of us!
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