Halloween – there is no doubt we are all familiar with the ‘trick or treat’ occasion!
These days, the ‘treat’ often comes in the form of sugar-loaded sweets. While the occasional ‘treat’ is okay, on special occasion days like these our kids can end up with a huge cache and can easily over-consume the sweet stuff.
The problem is, following a sugar smash enters the sugar crash, the effects of which can linger for days.
Think irritability, tiredness, poor concentration and the desire to eat more sweet.
But we can still have Halloween fun without going overboard on added sugar!
Whether from their trick or treat booty or a Halloween-themed party, sweets and high added sugar treats are likely to be consumed – so here are some ideas to best prepare you and your kids.
Start the day with a good breakfast
If you know your littluns are destined to consume sugary sweets, don’t kick-start the blood sugar roller coaster with a heavily refined, high added sugar breakfast.
Ensure they’re supplied with a steady source of energy from nutrient-dense real, whole foods containing protein, good fats and fibre such as eggs, plain yoghurt or whole oat porridge.
Keep up this approach to all meals throughout the day to fill them up and lessen the sugar-hit come party or ‘treat’ time.
Make an agreement for when the treats can be enjoyed
Manage kid’s expectations by discussing with them before they set out trick or treating how much they can enjoy on the day and what can be stored away to have in small amounts in future.
Enjoy no added sugar treats
Making treats without added sugar is a great way to ensure your kids – and any kids that come to your party or door – aren’t only loaded up with the sugary stuff.
Here are some recipe ideas if you want to whip up some Halloween treats!
Cheese is a much better snack for the kids than a packet of Whizz Fizz or a handful of Trolli Brite Crawlers!
Get a Halloween themed cookie cutter and cut out spooky cheddar shapes – so easy to make! Or go next level by heating some mozzarella and press into Halloween shaped moulds, like these Skull and Crossbones by Hungry Happenings. Fun!
Frozen ‘boo’nana pops
Peel a bunch of bananas and chop each in half widthways. Insert a pop stick or skewer into the end of each. Take the pops and dip into plain yoghurt (which you can choose to pre-flavour yourself with vanilla and cinnamon – highly recommended!), creating as smooth a coating as possible. Place the coated bananas pops onto a tray covered with baking paper, and press 3 cacao nibs or small raisins toward the tapered top of the yoghurt covered banana to create 2 eyes and a nose. Put in the freezer for several hours and you’ve a deliciously spooky yet healthy treat!
Cut unpeeled green or red apples into large wedges, then cut out a smaller wedge from the large wedges. This creates the mouth space that can be filled with 100% peanut or nut butter, no added sugar strawberry jam or cream cheese, followed by roughly chopped nuts such as peanuts or almonds to create teeth.
Check out this example by Oh She Glows, and be sure to not to waste the left over apple!
Halloween pumpkin creams
Halloween doesn’t need to be all about the kids! Try these Halloween pumpkin creams, a deliciously decadent treat for the grown-ups 😉
Happy Halloween, folks!
By Angela Johnson (BHSc Nut. Med)
P.S. If you’ve ways to tackle the onslaught of sugar on Halloween, we’d love to hear from you 🙂