However, we want them to still have fun going “trick or treat” in the condo, around the neighbourhood, and at fun dress-up parties. To avoid the sugar and chemical overload, try some of these proven tips:
- Give kids a healthy meal or snack before they head out to ‘trick or treat,’ or before they leave for the Halloween party
- Explain that a lot of the candy made for Halloween is cheap, mass produced and full of colour and other unhealthy additives
- Suggest your kids enjoy a few pieces of the ‘better quality’ chocolate, or trade some of what they collected for healthier treats you have at home
- Agree that if they throw out all the unhealthy candy, they can have extra computer or television time instead, or whatever they perceive as a ‘win-win’
- No need to donate the cheap candy to a school or charity. The underprivileged and other kids don’t need the junk either. Simply take a breath, open the garbage lid and dump it all in…
- After the kids have enjoyed a few pieces of the candy you agree to keep, put the rest away and out of easy reach (more so from you )
- Explain, and agree with your kids, that they can have a piece or so every day to enjoy, to take on a play-date, or whatever you both agree is fair
- Finally, focus more on the fun side – dressing up in new costumes, telling ghost stories, Halloween games – and less on the candy.
For ‘trick or treat’ kids that come to your door, let’s keep them healthy, too. There are lots of options to handing out cheap candy – perhaps healthier treats, a non-edible surprise like stickers, balloons, spider rings, Halloween pencils, erasers.. the possibilities are endless!
Just keeping you, your child, your doctor and your dentist, happy
NUTRITIOUS PARTY FOODS
Are you dreading all that (unwanted) candy, both for you and your kids? My guess is YES! I’m sure, like me, you don’t want it, and your kids certainly don’t need it.
Sugar, artificial colouring (both implicated in ADHD and hyperactivity), and other additives have no place in anyone’s diet, and especially that of our little ones.
Here are healthier options allowing for some fun in the kitchen in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Invite some of their friends around for added excitement, so they can all enjoy these ‘deliciously healthy’ treats together.
1. FROZEN BANANA GHOSTS
- Half a banana
- Dip it in fresh fruit juice
- Roll it in dry unsweetened coconut
- Freeze on a chopstick
- Add raisins or chocolate nibs for eyes
2. SPOOKY SPIDERS
- Make up the mixture for Energy Balls
- Mold into spider shapes as shown
- Carve out a pumpkin
- Fill with frozen fruits
4. GREENY GRINS (Snap peas, red pepper, slithered almonds)
- Open the outer edge of snap peas
- Insert some red bell pepper as a tongue
- Use slithered almonds as teeth
5. WITCHES FINGER
- Cut a cheese stick in half
- With a knife, make small dashes for finger ridges
- Place a little or green bell pepper as a nail
- Make a sandwich of 2 round crackers, with whatever filling you like
- Use raisins for eyes
- Stick dried noodles or pretzels around as legs
7. PUMPKIN PIECES
- Make or buy pumpkin shaped cookies
- Add a healthy spread of choice (e.g. cream cheese, honey or mashed pumpkin)
- Cut up 100% fruit slice for eyes & mouth
They say ‘cooking is love made visible and edible’. Show your kids what joy they mean to you by spending time with them making creative seasonal treats which are actually healthy for them.
To our health!
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