Ack! It's October, time for the Annual Dress up and door to door collection for childhood Diabetes...
Let's discuss great ideas for the kids, parties, etc that are Paleo and candy free, but still good fun for the kids.
I plan on letting my kids devour as much of the junk as they want on Halloween, since they don't eat much crap the rest of the year. Of course, I will just secretly hope it makes them miserably ill. :)
It's too much of a downer, IMO to be restrictive on the holidays as far as the kids are concerned -- instead of making them feel like they are "missing out," I let them have it and see that they're not missing much in the first place. And seriously, if you are careful with the day-to-day sugar intake, the kids don't seem to go crazy with the stuff when they do have access to it.
Ha - I can imagine the looks on kids' faces if I managed to track down single-square packs of Lindt 99% dark.
That said, if you know your neighborhood's general amount of trick-or-treater traffic, consider giving out:
Paleo-Friendly Halloween Activities and Menu Ideas:
Edit to add: I saw this Candy Hierarchy on The World's Best Ever and realized that my above suggestions may put me squarely in the bottom tier... :) Shares a category with white bread, but at least "whole wheat anything" is a tier below trail mix.
Im with Angelo! Seriously guys, if your kid is paleo then one day of the year eating ~100-200g of sugar is literally nothing. It doesn't even register on the health radar other than maybe setting up bad habits.
I would go with paleo brownies/cookies, chocolate covered nuts, and some glucose (as opposed to fructose/sucrose) lollies[candy] like jelly beans or something...
Paleo chili for dinner, creative dark chocolate treats and my favorite "ball" recipe:
1 cup of nut butter (I use sunflower butter due to tree nut allergies) 2 TBS of cocoa 3 TBS of Ground Flax Seed 1 Mashed Banana
Mix all and drop from round scoop - roll in something of your choice: coconut, seeds, nuts, dark choc chips. My kids take these for lunch. You can also add Whey Protein powder instead of the flax or cocoa for extra protein (depending on how paleo strict you are) I like the MRM Natural Brand that IHERB Sells.
Good thread, i think theres a lot of us here with little ones. I have always thought that kids (im talking 3 year old but) are pretty resilient generally. Tess sometimes eats some bagel, rice and beans, birthday cake etc and shows no signs of chub or unhealthiness. I always chalk it up to simple growing child-thing, yknow? The body is in such a state of growth that it can deal with some less-than-ideal stuff whereas homeostasis-oriented adults like all of us might have to be more thoughtful with our choices. So, with that in mind i see some reeses peanut butter cups sneaking in once/year as not too big a deal. I came up with that junk and it didnt hurt me too bad i dont think. That being said, i'd love some good ideas from maybe bakers, more experienced homemakes, etc.
I'm in a perfect dilemma over Halloween. The kids want to trick or treat, they have their costumes all ready to go. But how do I let them pollute their little bodies? I used to love the occasional candy myself so I don't know what will be decided.
For those that don't want to keep their candy or have some left over you can get rid of it through the 'Halloween Candy Buy Back' program.
Dentists nationwide "buy-back" Halloween candy from children in their communities and then send the candy to U.S. Military deployed in combat through Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups.
I published a series of Halloween recipes here:
LOL, a few years ago as a newlywed without kids (when I knew everything about kids...), I bought good candy (top tier) and bags of pretzles. Fat kids got pretzles. Normal sized kids got good stuff like chocolate. I thought I was so awful and funny!! From a paleo-viewpoint I was trying to kill all sizes of kids, but from a SAD point, LOL, I was a big meanie!!! Ha Ha Ha!
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