I was fearful of the onslaught of sugary treats on Halloween night - and my fear was robbing me of my ability to enjoy Halloween.
As we all know, gluten-free does not necessarily mean it's healthy. A pillowcase stuffed full of Halloween candy can be a recipe for tummy aches, tooth aches and other issues, even when it's gluten-free and allergen-friendly.
I'm going to share with you a few of our family's creative and healthy Halloween ideas to satisfy even the hardest-to-please ghosts, princesses and power rangers.
Eat before you treat
Plan ahead with a festive, favorite meal to help your kids fill up with nutritious gluten-free fare before heading out to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween. Rice pasta "worms", "finger" food carrots and "eye ball" grapes and "bug" raisin snacks are all simple, festive ways to celebrate with creative alternatives. Recruit your kids to help name and come up with a fun and nourishing Halloween meal.
Set a good example
Encourage by example. Choose all-natural Gluten-Free options from a source such as The Natural Candy Store, Sprouts or Whole Foods. Better yet, choose a non-food option, such as glow-sticks, themed erasers or festive stickers and pencils. When we demonstrate thoughtful choices around candy (what we hand out AND what we eat) we are leading by example.
Trade up your goodies
Offer your child the option to set aside a few favorite pieces (5-10) of candy and then to trade up the remaining loot. In our house, the Great Pumpkin swaps candy for a small toy, desired book or movie tickets. Our neighbor offer cash in exchange for their child's candy. Choose an option that resonates with your family values and your child's interests.
Here's wishing you all a safe and splendid Halloween holiday!
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