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Halloween is just around the corner, and ~65 million kids will go trick-or-treating. Many parents are groaning thinking about all
of the candy (SUGAR!), so let me share tips to lighten the sugar load.
Think NON-FOOD trick-or-treat choices: pencils, erasers, markers, glow sticks, mini rubber balls; sidewalk chalk, stickers, marbles, and bubbles.
Think NON-CANDY trick-or-treat choices: pre-packaged “snack packs” of goldfish crackers or mini pretzels, packs of sugar-free gum, and granola bars.
Channel the Halloween spirit into a learning opportunity… Talk with your kids about what fruits and veggies are orange. How
do they grow and where? How might they be used? How can you cook them? How do they taste?
If you do plan to give out candy, three suggestions:
Instead of trick-or-treating, plan a neighborhood Halloween party with games and healthy nibbles for kids and parents.
Halloween is this Sunday night – what fun kids will be having! Well, adults too with their Halloween parties. It is estimated that over 65 million kids between the ages of 5 and 14 will be out trick-or-treating. And parents are probably groaning thinking about all of the candy – code word SUGAR – that will be coming home.
Halloween candy tips to lighten the load:
What to do with the leftovers:
Be sure to serve your little goblins a healthy dinner before they head out for trick-or-treating. And think of orangey foods to serve: grilled salmon, baked sweet potato fries, carrot salad and butterscotch pudding. YUM.
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