Healthy eating and Halloween are two ideas that don’t really go hand-in-hand.As a newly adapted “clean-eater”, it makes it very difficult to raise a family and still follow the traditions that have been so ingrained not only in me, but our culture.I don’t want to be the “mean mom” that won’t allow her children to go door-to-door, sporting their costumes and taking in all of the spooky decorations and lights around the neighborhood.Forgoing the smell of autumn and candy and fear in the air ~ it doesn’t get much better than that!
But, my rational side doesn’t see a sack of fun Halloween treats anymore.Once the loot is dumped on the table, I only see a mountain of high fructose corn syrup, sugar and everything artificial.Yuck!How can I in good conscience let my kids eat the crap that I spend all year teaching them against?I would be a hypocrite.“All of this stuff is horrible for you girls except on October 31.”This contradictory rationale doesn't jive up in my head.
Verdict:The girls are going trick-or-treating this year.I’m hardly equipped with the right answer to deal with this head-on.So, here’s my compromise.Instead of handing out sugar to trick-or-treaters this year and dealing with the leftovers, I’ve opted for healthy alternative treats.I have bags of pretzels, small bins of Play-Doh, plastic spider rings, blood-shot freaky eye patches and so on (hey, at least it's not toothbrushes!). Hopefully, a trend will start where 100% of the “treats” given out are not all sugar-based, artificially sweetened items ready to perpetuate the growing child obesity problem America is now facing.
As far as my girlies go, I continue to educate them about nutrition and explain to them that they are ultimately responsible for how they treat their one and only body.