Not such a happy image is it?
Instead, try a few of these tips to keep yourself and your goblins garbage-gut-free (I make no promises about your bathroom counter).
- Involve your kids in planning your Halloween dinner. This will help them get excited about the fun or favorite food they'll be having that night.
- Make dinner first and candy second a family rule. If you have a hard time selling this one - remind them of past Halloweens and the pains of garbage gut, and assure them that candy or treats will happen - just in the right order.
- Be wise in choosing the treats you'll give out. Don't end up with a houseful of candy because you over bought (we know where those leftovers go - yes I know you're glancing down at your hips). Instead, try healthier or non-food items:
- Honey sticks (that is our treat for trick or treaters this year - yes it has something to do with our excitement over becoming beekeepers as well). One honey stick contains about 15 calories - that's only slightly less than 4 grams of sugar. Fun sweet fix without a sugar overload.
- Cracker packs or other 100 calorie packs. This nice thing with these is that the leftovers make great lunch-sack-fodder and are obviously lower in sugar than candy bars - just look for whole grain options.
- Bubble bottles. No one is ever to old too blow bubbles. Period.
- Glow sticks. Again - encourages healthy, safe play instead of sugar-coma.