Halloween is put up on a pedestal in the eyes of children (and some adults) as it is the time to be different, change the way you look and the best part…..collect CANDY! I can remember as a child grabbing a pillow case to collect all my prized possessions and then meticulously counting and sorting the array of candy and chocolates I had received. A ritual I so enjoyed and looked forward to!
Fast forward almost 30 years and I now have 3 children of my own. I understand their profound excitement around this event and I have no intention of taking this moment away from them. However, the change I will impart is the massive consumption of the ‘prizes’. As you scratch your head and say why wouldn’t you allow your children to enjoy the candy, it is just one night? Well, yes, Halloween is just one night, but our society has taught children that candy is OK every night and day. The overconsumption of sugar has (in my mind) created a health epidemic. I feel like new diseases and disorders are being named each day. The list is in the 1000’s and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Sugar is devastating to our bodies as it has been stripped of all that is good and processed into a chemical. Our bodies can’t handle it all and will start to store it, eventually turning it into fat. However, what happens when the storage bins are full? Then, it seeps over the edges of the storage bins and starts wreaking havoc in our bodies. It feeds inflammation, which is at the root cause of almost all diseases.
Moderation is the key. Why not impart a treat day for you kids one day a week? Helping your kids understand the WHY behind treat day is equally as important so they can appreciate the value of treat day that much more. Divide the candy up and let your kids choose a special treat once a week rather than allowing them to finish their entire collection so quickly.
So many people tell me that they buy 2 or 3 boxes of candy and not all of it is given out, which in turn gets put in lunches for the next couple weeks (depending on how much is left) or given as snacks after school or after dinner, or all of the above. It doesn’t seem like a lot of sugar but it adds up. Why not go to the dollar store and buy and assortment of “treats” to hand out on Halloween night? The dollar store has an amazing selection of toys, crafts and games that kids would love to receive!
This Halloween why not put a little spin and make your little ones this apple treat?
I found this recipe online and it looks delicious!
Apple with banana almond butter filling, cinnamon, nuts and raisins
- 1 big seasonal apple, cored
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 2 full TBSP almond butter (unsweetened)
- 1 full TBSP thick raw honey
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- handful of nuts of choice (I used almonds, pistachios and walnuts)
- Add the peeled frozen banana cut in chunks to the food processor with the almond butter and honey. Process for few seconds until it becomes soft, gooey and smooth.
- Core the apple.
- Stuff the apple with the filling halfway, add nuts and raisins and then continue stuffing it all.
- Sprinkle cinnamon
- Serve with more nuts and raisins.
In health and wellness,