The Trick Behind The Treat
By Cindy Santa Ana
As a mom, I worry about the constant onslaught of sugar being fed to my kids. They’re rewarded with candy at school, handed lollipops at the doctor and given goody bags filled with sugary treats at birthday parties.
Grocery stores started lining their aisles and endcaps with piles of oversized bags of chocolate bars, lollipops and gum by the last day of summer. These chemical-filled, sugary treats have been front and center for months now, tempting everyone’s diets and teasing our children.
I’m not ready to throw away all of my hard work these past three years for some candy and cookies. Fun size candy bars? I don’t think it’s fun to eat hydrogenated oils, dangerous artificial colors and GMOs that are added to my “food!”
So, I’ve come up with a few suggestions on how to ditch the candy bucket and get your kids on board too.
There’s no law that says you have to buy candy for Trick or Treaters. Plus, there are so many allergies these days that most kids can’t even enjoy a typical piece of candy.
Some great alternatives are pencils, erasers, spider rings, temporary tattoos, stickers and glowing bouncy balls. Oriental Trading is a great website to purchase these items for fairly cheap prices. Or, you could draw some fun faces on a bag of clementines!
There’s also organic, non-gmo candy on the market today that is a great option for those looking to hand out some healthier treats.
Organic Candy Options:
Remember, Halloween is a one-day event. The more candy you consume, the more addicted you’ll become to junk food – that’s right, it’s addictive! I don’t buy candy and when my kids get some from school or birthday parties, they get one piece and then the rest goes in the trash!
I’m going to allow my kids to have a few treats on Halloween night, then place all their candy in a bowl by the front door the night of Halloween; the more candy, the bigger the gift from the “Ghost of Halloween.” The next morning, the kids wake up to find their candy has been replaced by a small toy, coloring book, puzzle, etc… or whatever their favorite toy might be.
What do YOU do with all that candy?
No, don’t hide it from your kids and sneak a piece every now and then! Get it out of your house! Several dentist offices offer a candy buy-back program, offering $1 per pound of candy. You could also donate unopened, heat-resistant candy to U.S. troops stationed abroad. For details, go visit Operation Shoebox. I also found this great website called Candy Experiments – I love the density rainbow using Skittles!
And if you ever do find yourself hiding in the pantry with a bag of Kit-Kats, message me and I’ll talk you off the ledge!
Know any other tips for keeping you and your family healthy this Halloween season? Let us know in the comments below!
Cindy Santa Ana is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in weight loss, clean eating transformations and thyroid disease. She works with clients to help them reach their ideal weight, increase their energy, and live a healthy balanced lifestyle, while juggling their career and personal life.
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