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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, candy reign supreme. Try as we might, their little taste buds refuse to be distracted or diverted to a waiting bowl of hummus and cut up veggies when there far sweeter treats up for grabs. So with mountains of brightly colored 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 other goodies 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 candy bags with healthier treats such as dark chocolate buttons, nuts dipped in dark chocolate, or raisins dipped in dark chocolate, home-made gingerbread cookies, mini trail mixes with chocolate buds or popcorn.
  • Pick the best of the worst.  If your child is determined to have their Halloween treats, then choose mini size treats such as mini chocolates over chocolate bars. Opt for choices that contain some identifiable ‘real’ ingredient, such as peanut M&M’s (the peanuts contain protein which helps to increase satiety) over chocolate M&M’s. Avoid brightly colored snakes or gummy bears which are a combination of artificial flavorings, colorings and sugar and can be gobbled up in seconds.
  • Offer real food alternatives to candy, such as peanut butter sandwiches, wraps, mini pizzas, homemade scrolls or cut up fresh fruit and veggie sticks. Sometimes just presenting food in a fun and ghoulish way can make all the difference.
  • Homemade treats. If you have the time, be prepared with easy to make homemade treats such as delicious Gingerbread MenChewy Maple Syrup Biscuits, Chocolate Quinoa Crackles, or Spelt Pumpkin Biscuits.

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