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Wholesome Child’s Top Tips for Surviving Halloween!

Posted by Mandy Sacher on October 11, 2016

Posted by Mandy Sacher on October 11, 2016

Let’s face it, there are certain occasions when trying to get our kids to make healthy food choices is near impossible. Halloween is one such occasion, because on Halloween, lollies reign supreme. Try as we might, their little tastebuds refuse to be distracted or diverted to a waiting bowl of humus and cut up veggies when there far sweeter treats up for grabs. So with mountains of brightly coloured sugary treats literally overflowing from shiny plastic pumpkins, how can we help our kids have a great time and not overload on all the unhealthy treats?

Here are Wholesome Child’s top tips for preventing a sugar overload on Halloween:

  • Allow your children to choose 2-3 pieces of candy, chocolate or sweets and then offer them something exciting in exchange for the rest of their treats.
  • Avoid ‘trick or treating’ on an empty stomach. Fill your kids up beforehand because if they are hungry they will be more inclined to gobble-up everything in sight
  • Keep them hydrated. Thirst can be mistaken for hunger and thirsty kids will also be more inclined to drink sugary soda and fruit juices.
  • Have healthier treats on hand. Fill their lolly bags with healthier treats such as dark chocolate buttons, nuts dipped in chocolate, raisins or sultanas dipped in chocolate, Banjo the Carob Bears, Nutra Organics Superfood Bars, gingerbread biscuits, mini trail mixes with chocolate buds or popcorn.
  • Pick the best of the worst.  If your child is determined to have their fill of Halloween treats then choose mini size treats such as mini chocolates over chocolate bars. Opt for choices that contain identifiable ‘real’ ingredients, such as peanut M&M’s (the peanuts contain protein which helps to increase satiety) over chocolate M&M’s. Other better options include, Eskal White Marshmallows, (no artificial colourings and gluten free), Table of Plenty Mini Dark Chocolate Rice Cakes, and Mini Moos Chocolate Bars. Avoid brightly coloured snakes or gummy bears which are a combination of artificial flavourings, colourings and sugar and can be gobbled up in seconds.
  • Offer real food alternatives to lollies, such as peanut butter sandwiches, mountain bread wraps, mini pizzas, home made scrolls or cut up fresh fruit and veggie sticks. Sometimes just presenting food in a fun and ghoulish way can make all the difference.
  • Home–made goodies. If you have the time, be prepared with easy-to-make homemade treats such as delicious Gingerbread Men, Chewy Maple Syrup Biscuits, Chocolate Quinoa Crackles, or Spelt Pumpkin Biscuits or Choc Chia Spider Pops and Choc Doughnut Witches Fingers (use doughnut dough and shape into finger, use an almond for the witches nail and coat with home-made chocolate).

 

You can find more information on delicious and healthy sweet snacks suitable for the whole family, in Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook available online, on iTunes and in all good book stores now.  

 

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