Buying Costco size bags of candy is all part of the Halloween ritual. I know. I know. We “do it for the kids.” But ask yourself, should our kids really being eating all that junk?
The answer of course is no and neither should you. So what do you do? Well, we’ve put together a few suggestions to help you circumvent the candy conundrum (it’s there therefore I must eat it) and help you and your family kick start your way to a healthier holiday season.
Don’t buy it! – It’s just that simple. So what do you give the trick-or-treaters? Small toys are a great option. Think bouncy balls, spider rings, washable tattoos,heat changing colored pencils or mini glow sticks. Any of these will do the “trick” while remaining affordable & fun (not to mention sugar free!). Your local dollar store and craft stores like Michaels and AC Moore are a great resource for these little gifts. Online retailers like Amazon are also great. Help support a healthier Halloween for you and your neighbors and go candy free.
Carry Your Sweets – Avoiding candy when it is practically EVERYWHERE can be a challenge. So give in and enjoy some sweet but healthy snacks. Dried mangos are an excellent alternative to processed candies and perfect when you want something silly-sweet. Even fresh fruit, like a beautifully ripe fall pear can really hit the spot. Not into fruit? Try keeping your favorite natural granola bars, momme meals Ginger Pecans or better yet, a bag of momme meals Go Chews with you at all times. Do the same with your kid's lunch boxes. Not only will these snacks help manage those sweet tooth cravings but they will also help satisify your hunger and give you energy without a crash.
Trade It In & Throw It Out – No matter what you do, if you have kids, sometime after night falls on the 31st a plethora of candy will have magically found its way into your home. Since taking it away may be a bit harsh, I mean you have a heart after all, have your kids trade in their candy for small toys or other fun privileges like staying up later than usual or having extra time on the computer. Work with your kids to pick out a few pieces of candy that they stash in a “Kid's Candy Jar” and pull from over the course of the next week or two. As for the traded candy – throw it out and don’t feel guilty about doing it. Remember it’s not "real" food anyway and giving it away only puts the problem onto someone else.
Regardless of what strategies you choose to implement, do make an effort to reduce your candy consumption this Halloween. Your body will thank you. While your dentist may be slightly disappointed, just remember you can't please everyone!