Want to see my scary Throwback Thursday picture? Here are my sons 10 years ago on Halloween. I wish I knew then what I know now about sugar and candy! With Halloween around the corner, lots of children are going to bed dreaming of how much candy they will collect during trick-or-treat. While I can understand kids eating candy I am always baffled as to why adults succumb to gorging on all this sugar?
I am not trying to be the Wicked Witch of the West (although that is my go costume on Halloween) but here is what you need to know about the candy and what it does to your body and your children’s bodies as well. Excess sugar in the blood causes the body to respond by producing a large amount of insulin, which is a hormone that carries sugar out of your blood and into your cells. Blood sugar levels may then drop quickly, causing the body to feel shaky, cranky, and sluggish. These drops in blood sugar lead to more cravings for sugar, which creates a vicious cycle of blood sugar highs and lows, and major mood swings.
So this Halloween, opt out of handing out sugar and be the neighbor with a treat that kids don’t have to eat! There are terrific non-candy alternatives like temporary tattoos, glow in the dark vampire teeth or glow sticks that kids will love. If you go the candy route- opt for hard candy like lollipops as these require a long time to eat and that cuts down on wolfing down more candy.
Great tips for a successful & healthy Halloween
Feed your kids. Before you turn them loose to collect their stash, make sure your kids eat a balanced dinner with lean protein, plenty of leafy and cruciferous veggies, starchy carbs like legumes or quinoa, and good fat.
When the loot arrives home, have your children pick out a few of their favorites, I use the three bite rule- tell your children 3 bites and step away from the candy bag. Half the time kids are inhaling their candy and don’t even realize they are beyond full.
Freeze the leftovers. Have you ever tried eating a frozen chocolate-coated caramel-nougat bar? You might break a tooth! If the candy is in the freezer, you won’t see or smell it and out of sight out of mind
Going to a Halloween Party? Use the three-bite rule yourself. You don’t need to abstain, but try not to devour a huge plate of party food. Take three small polite bites then put your fork down.
Try this great Halloween treat!
Candy Corn Dessert
(This recipe makes 2 servings so the amount of ingredients will vary based on number of servings needed)
4 oz. clear plastic cups
1 cup fresh pineapple cut into bite size pieces
1 cup peeled orange wedges cut into bite size pieces
1 cup plain coconut yogurt
1 tablespoon local raw honey
2 candy corns to use as a topping. 1 per serving.
In a small bowl mix yogurt and honey set aside. Split the pineapple between 2 cups, next layer the oranges, and top with yogurt mixture. For decoration I place a candy corn on top of each!