What a fun time of year! The leaves have changed colours, spooky decorations line the
streets, and there is promise of tasty treats to come! While we are all about balanced
eating, gorging on sugary treats and chips isn’t good for anyone! Not only is this a
slippery slope, but it leaves your body wired, tired, and out of sorts. This means, you’re
moody, unfocused, lethargic, and your digestion…well let’s just say it’s seen better days!
This year, let talk about making a change. Rather than over-indulging in junk food,
consider getting rid of the trick-or-treating candy. I know, it sounds awful! But your
body…and sanity for those of you with kids..will thank you later!
Here are some alternatives for parents:
The Switch Witch – This is a newer concept, but essentially the Switch Witch
visits after kids go to bed and exchanges the candy for a toy.
Family Buy-Back – Offer a set price (say 10 cents or 1 point) per item, which can
go towards “buying” something they are saving up for or builds towards an
activity. For ex: 100 points could get them a family movie night.
Share – Not only is this a great value to teach children, but sharing means less
candy per person. Consider sharing with people outside of the household so
there is less temptation at home.
Donate – Many charities accept Halloween candy donations. In fact, a dental
hygienist in Smithville is running a candy exchange. She is offering $1 for every
pound of candy donated, and she will donate $1 for each pound to West Lincoln
Community Care. Click here for more details:
And to satisfy that sweet tooth, there are tasty treats you can make out of dates, spices
(cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg), and crushed nuts. You can also buy them from Bulk Barn
(in the dried fruit section).
They appeal to the sweet craving, while also giving you fiber and some nutrients
(vitamins and minerals).
#healthyhalloween, #candyalternatives, #skipthesugar, #communitywellness,
#healthybodyguide, #switchwitch, #donateyourcandy
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