Halloween. It’s not exactly synonamous with healthy. Doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it, but it does mean it’s time to get seriously creative.
I’m a believer in letting the kids go trick-or-treating. I loved getting dressed up on halloween – heck, I still do! While I’m not an advocate for highly processed candy, I do believe in treats – chocolate being one of them. However, most kids aren’t interested in 80% dark chocolate I indulge in … and giving that away would be $$$$!
Plus, if you are trying to keep sweets to a minimum in your house and have low self-control coupled with cravings, it can be difficult to even have the candy in your house.
A number of clients have asked me what to do when they don’t want to buy bags of candy to give away. I totally understand, while I think everyone should enjoy Halloween I don’t feel like I should be pressured into giving away super processed candy that may end up in my belly. Besides, the kids will get enough of that elsewhere for sure.
So I created a quick list of ideas to give away instead of candy. Most of this stuff can be picked up at the dollar store. Just make a great big bowl or bag of it all and let the kids pick for themselves. That usually helps to squash any grumbling about not getting candy.
- Glow sticks
- Pencil toppers
- Vampire teeth
- Dollar store goodie bags
- Play dough
- Temporary tattos
- Bouncy balls
- Slap bracelets
- Coloring pages
- Trail mix
- Mini waters
- Bags of nuts
- Playing cards
- Honey sticks
What are you planning on giving away this year??
By the way, if you’re struggling with cravings and self control challenges, it might be time to bring a Culinary Healthy Coach on your wellness team. Give me a buzz and let’s chat!