Halloween is Tuesday, and the holiday hustle begins with a bunch of candy wrappers in the trash. And I am talking about the ones that go in the trash after your kids are in bed. 😉
The holidays are so fantastic and can so fantastically leave you feeling tired, stressed, overwhelmed and squeezing into your clothes.
We’ll talk about how to avoid all of the that over the next couple of months. Sound good? Awesome!
For now though, let’s explore some healthier ways to handle Halloween.Let the spooky stay with the ghosts and goblins, not the way your tummy feels after too many kit kats, or your sanity while your kids are consuming all the foods and candies of this costumed day.
- Pass out alternative treats. Tattoos, stickers, pencils, etc. – and be okay with not being the favored house on the block. You’ll save money, too! Candy isn’t cheap.
- Pass out healthier options. Pretzels, raisins, popcorn bags. All yummy things that can have some nutritional value.
- Set up a trade-in option with your kids. 5 cents per piece of candy, or the whole bag for a desired toy in your allotted price range.
- Set a limit on day of candy consumption. Allow up to 3 pieces of choice (this includes you). As the days follow, allow 1 piece, and after a bit no one will be asking for it anymore. When interest wanes find a way to give away or dispose of the candy that suits your liking.
- Hunt for nutrition. Look for the items with dark chocolate, nuts or seeds. They will at least have some antioxidants, protein and healthy fats.
Another way to make the day healthier is upgrade what you are serving at home and/or supplying at parties.
A yummy Halloween Dinner could be:
- Mummy hotdogs (you’ll consume less bread)
- Ghost pillows (mashed potatoes)
- Goblin droppings (peas)
Your trick or treaters will have better fuel to tear down the streets of your neighborhood than if they had pizza or other convenience dinner options.
And who wants to skip dessert on a holiday, even if it’s filled with candy???
Rather than caramel apples, make Monster Teeth. My kids love making these with their Gigi, who first introduced us to them!