Halloween Treat Alternatives For KidsOctober 11, 2020
Treats not tricks for this Halloween season will keep you and your child happy. If you are the one passing out treats, check out these ideas as well, your neighbors will love you for it.
If you are concerned about the amount of sugar consumed over Halloween or in general by children, know that you are not alone.
Many parents have started to wake up to the unhealthy sugar content found in candy and the serious health implications it has for their children both in the short-term and the long-term.
When it comes to consuming sugar, many understand that it has negative effects on overall health but as parents, do you really know how much sugar your children are consuming on a regular basis? A good indication that your child may be addicted to sugar is frequent requests for things like candy.
Unfortunately, as tradition has it, candy plays a major role in holidays such as Halloween, collected by little trick or treaters on their rounds around the neighborhood or stocked up at home over the holiday season.
How Much Is Too Much?
Knowing that sugar is high in food items like candy, how do you know how much is too much?
The World Health Organisation recommends that children have a limit of no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. By comparison, today’s current rate of consumption shows that our kids at 8 years of age will have consumed as much sugar as an adult would have in their entire lifetime a century ago!!
That’s pretty scary…perhaps much more frightening than any Halloween movie or costume.
For this reason, I’ve included some simple steps you can implement today and over the holidays to help reduce unhealthy sugary treats such as candy.
Simple Steps To Reduce Candy Consumption
It’s always a good thing to reduce candy gradually. By adopting a slower approach, you are less likely to experience complete objection to your efforts by your children and it will also become more sustainable over the long-term.
Before you know it, your children’s taste buds will adapt to healthier treat substitutes. Let’s have a look at these simple steps to reduce candy that you can try today:
Actively Cut Back On The Candy Every Week
Buying delicious candy treats like candy is one of the ways parents show their love for their children. During holidays like Halloween, it’s almost always a given that there will be ample supplies of candy around the house.
But, instead of reaching for candy for your child, try to gradually reduce how much candy your child eats week by week. Slowly reducing candy consumption is more achievable than a straight-out ban.
Here are some ideas to reduce candy with relative ease:
● Ask your children to share a candy bar with each other instead of itching a whole one themselves.
● Ask visiting grandparents and relatives to bring only 1 special bag of candy for your children to share rather than 1 (or 2) bags each.
● At parties, allow your children to enjoy party food (without eating to excess). It’s all about teaching your children to enjoy treats within a healthy moderation.
● Make some kind of fun pact with your children that encourages them to make healthier choices. For example, tell them that you will commit to paying them an additional $1 in pocket money every time they refuse a candy treat from family or when visiting the mall, hairdresser, etc.
Keep Candy Out of The House
Many bad habits start at home which is why leading by example is so important. When your house is candy-free, you are less likely to be pestered by your kids for it.
A way to introduce healthier options, you can start to make copycat recipes to get your children used to delicious whole food flavors. It’s a great way to show them that you’re not the grinch, but instead, care enough to make healthy versions that they will still love!
Here are some other ways to keep candy out of the house:
● Have healthy snacks made ahead of time that you can store in reusable boxes or reusable zip lock bags, ready for snack time.
● Start to swap your child’s favorite candy with healthier versions.
● Reduce how much candy you purchase each week until you reach zero. This will get easier with healthier snacks you make that your children enjoy.
● Replace current candy purchases with homemade healthier copycat versions.
If you are looking for some great non-candy Halloween treats, then have a look at these great options that I’ve sourced from some talented bloggers across the globe:
Non-Candy Halloween Treats
Fruit Bat Skewers
Aren’t these skewers so cute! using in-season fruits, your kids will enjoy making and eating them.
These adorable fruit bat skewers are a healthy and deliciously sweet alternative for parties, holiday gatherings, and Halloween celebrations!
Monster Apple Bites
I think the tongue puts the finishing touches on these cute monsters.
Monster Apple Bites are a fun Halloween snack packed with nutrition! They are easy enough for your kids to help you create them too.
Mini Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffin Bites
Muffin bites are so easy to have around and take anywhere with you.
Gluten-Free chocolate chip muffin bites by Tikkido
Seasonal baking can be healthy and delicious too! These Mini Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffin Bites are an easy, vegan, top 8 allergy-free recipe that’s kid-friendly, perfect for breakfast, snacking, or dessert! Bite-sized mini muffins at their best!
Ghoulish Ghost Dip Cookies
These ghostly cookies are more cute than scary, gives the kids a better view of a ghostly figure.
These ghoulishly good ghost dip cookies are so easy and such fun for Halloween parties and celebrations! Have a read here of how to make them!
Mummy Rice Krispies Treats
Rice krispies treats are opne of those classics must have’s.
How stinking adorable are these gluten-free and vegan Mummy Rice Krispies Treats? These treats are the perfect Halloween treat for kids of all ages.
Reducing candy as a treat from your child’s diet can seem overwhelming at first but it doesn’t have to be. Now that you have some great tips as well as healthy alternatives that you can try today, you no longer need to dread slowly getting rid of candy in the home. One of the best ways we can show our love and care for our children is by ensuring that they eat whole and nutrient-dense foods that will safeguard their health into the future.
Celebrate Halloween and other seasonal holidays by treating yourself and your children to healthier yet oh so delicious treats that will leave you all wondering why you didn’t start sooner!