We’ve got 37 Sweet Ideas to handle the impending sugar overload … Got Milk?
For some … betwixt the costumes and the candy, Halloween hands down is the most frightfully delightful holiday of the year (except for those who know better of course). All that candy, however, can lead to a sugar high which invariably means that a sugar crash is not that far behind. This is why teachers (and parents) are calling the day after Halloween one of the worst days of the year, as many kids experience the effects of a Halloween hangover.
Check your candy’s ingredients
And while it’s easy to blame sugar … it simply isn’t the only culprit. Ingredients added to candy such as synthetic food dyes (which contain petroleum) could be causing behavioral problems in kids. And children cultivate enough behavior problems every seven years on their own without mega monolith corporations gleefully pitching in to help out in some capacity. Some of these problems include attention deficits, irritability, restlessness, sleep disturbance, aggression, obesity, food/tree nut allergies, sensitivities to dyes, hyperactivity, and let’s not forget most of this candy sticks to orthodontics or mouth appliances — not to mention tooth fillings.
Yes, it’s Halloween and we DO MEAN to be scary!
Maybe this means we ought to forego the ghostly gatherings, check out an encyclopedia and see what the holiday’s really all about. For some of you, this will pique your interest. For others it’ll fall on thorny ground as you no doubt will cheerfully plan on having a happy haunting time.
If you choose the latter — try following these suggestions:
- Go ahead and eat before trick or treating to discourage snacking.
- Bring a smaller bag for treats, and encourage kids to take only one candy from each house. This will also minimize any temptation for yourself.
- Consider healthier versions of candies (such as those without artificial colors, flavors, or any preservatives) and non-food alternatives (such as toys that are large enough and won’t be a choking hazard to younger kids).
- Dried fruit such as cranberries, apples, mangoes, raisins, no sugar-added banana chips (watch out), and dried apricots. Hard to go wrong with apples & organic fruit snacks.
- Perhaps small toys like pencil erasers, grow a bug / sponge, and the perennial “spider ring”, I would always terrorize my mother with each year, are too small for young children. But you could always look at inexpensive stickers, temporary tattoos, bite-sized coloring books, stencil stamps, bookmarks, slide whistles, yo-yos, fake mustaches, play dough, and fun glow sticks or necklaces that can be purchased at any local dollar store.
- Trail mix, especially the kind FIT Tara loves with the little chocolates mixed in, can easily be handmade by combining dried nuts, fruits, raisins, even a few pretzels to keep the harmonious balance between salty and sweet.
- Other food items include organic juice boxes, mini bags of non-GMO popcorn, goldfish crackers, local honey sticks, organic treats, and individual hot chocolate or apple cider packets
- If kids must have candy, consider limiting their consumption over a period of a few weeks by setting a daily quota, and give the rest away. Talk to them ahead of time about the plan so that none are surprised or get their feelings hurt 🙁
- Get some exercise by setting a goal of how many houses you’ll walk to, or by using party games thereby getting 60 minutes of physical activity. You might even skip house visiting altogether in lieu of an annual visit to grandma’s house, or the zoo/aquarium.
- Keep kids safe by walking in groups with a trusted adult. Make sure walking areas are well-lit and free of obstacles. Bring a flashlight. Start heading home before street lights come on. Finally inspect kids’ candy before they eat it.
Checkout These Cool Halloween Creations
Starting at 12 o’clock and going clockwise:
- Cheese Ball Bats with Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues tortilla chip ears
- Scary Pumpkin Bisque with crème fraîche spider web
- Green apple Monster Teeth with peanut butter & yogurt almonds
- Frankenstein pesto pasta head made with celery, olives, squash, and red bell pepper
Make Your Own Healthy Recipe Below
- 8 Small Navel Oranges
- 1 Chopped Apple
- 1/2 cup Grapes cut in half
- Whole Cloves
- Slivered Almonds
- Choose which side of every orange will be the side you want to be the face of the Jack-O-Lantern.
- Then cut a very thin slice from the bottom of each one so that it can sit flat on a surface.
- Next cut another small slice from the top and proceed to spoon out the pulp.
- Chop the pulp up & combine this with the grapes and apple; set it aside.
- Let you and your kids carve out your own faces; decorate with the cloves and almonds.
- Spoon the fruit mixture back into your new jack-o-lanterns. Let your neighbors marvel on what you learned on FITgirl.net
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