It's almost time! Can you guys believe it? I can't believe that Halloween is already here! This time next week, our littles will be trick or treated out, and it will all be over. We will be quickly moving on to Christmas, right?!?! For the next few months, it's gonna be all about the junk food! However, we have been checking out some ways to swap out the not so healthy foods for better choices, that are still yummy!
Coined ‘America’s Green Nutritionist’, Kate Geagan, a frequent guest on morning news and talk shows, has helped millions of Americans fall in love with healthier, greener food choices that powerfully nourish their lives. An award-winning dietitian and the author of Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet(Rodale), Kate helps families thrive in America’s food landscape. Kate, who is also a mother of two, offers the following strategies to help your family survive the Halloween junk food frenzy and suggests insight to nutritional swapping.
1. Spell out HALLOWEEN and hand out healthy snack packs such as Earth's Best (Sesame Street) Organic Letter of the Day Vanilla Cookies. Candy won’t crowd out the healthy foods if kids are intrigued with the tasty alphabet treat.
2. Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? KIDSAFE Cookies are a perfect Halloween “treat” in its own little package.
3. Fill them up with healthy snacks first! Foods packed with fiber enriched whole grains like Elmo and Big Bird shapes of Crunchin' Crackers and Grahams in flavors of cinnamon, chedder and veggie digest slowly and provide your child with a steady stream of energy.
4. DELICIOUS drinks that are made from real fruit juice purees – perfect treat to go with any snack.
5. Hand out non-food treats to the trick-or-treaters that come to your door – fake vampire teeth, glo sticks or other fun Halloween goodies.
These are some great tips to swap out your kids candy for something a little bit better. It's not going to stop the candy train by any means, but maybe it can slow it down just a little bit. I am so ready for the holidays, and I feel even better about what's to come when I know that I can give my kids a treat that I can feel good about!