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How to Tame the Trick-or-Treat Sugar High

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Halloween is upon us, and what does that mean? Your kids are going to eat a lot more sugar than you’d prefer. It’s inevitable. What it doesn’t have to mean, though, is that your kids will be bouncing off the neighbor’s pumpkins due to a candy-induced sugar high. Feed them a wholesome Halloween dinner before it’s time to trick-or-treat and they’ll be less likely to experience a sugar high later.

The pre-game meal is of utmost importance. If the kids are satisfied prior to hitting the streets, they’ll be much less likely to gorge on candy. Protein and fiber are key ingredients here. Both ensure lasting fullness and help to keep blood sugar levels steady. Fill your kids with these key nutrients before dressing them up and chances are they’ll eat less candy.

Check out three of our suggestions for Halloween dinners below. They’re quick, easy, and sure to please both you and the kids. We can’t promise your trick-or-treating monsters won’t be running around like Frankenstein with his head cut off, but it’s worth a shot. And while you’re reveling in the excitement of outsmarting your kids, be sure to stay tuned for a few strategies on how to manage the candy bag itself – coming soon.

A favorite in our home. Cook a pot of rice and stir-fry chicken and oodles of vegetables adding a sauce made from tamari, brown sugar, ginger, honey and garlic. Super easy. To print, click here. Cooked brown rice provides the sticky base for these vegetarian burgers made with nuts and spices. Soy-free, delicious, and filling. To print recipe, click here. When you smear nori with wasabi, mustard and herbs and wrap it around salmon before cooking, the mineral-rich sea vegetable shrink-wraps the fish as it cooks and keeps it moist. Serve with brown rice and you’ve got a meal. To print, click here.

Too Many Snickers for Trickers?

Halloween excites me.  Even though I was the youngest of three children, I took on the task each year of decorating for Halloween.  I strung orange lights, fashioned life-size ghosts, begged mom to buy paper skeletons.  Every few  years I staged elaborate haunted houses in the basement on the ping-pong table.

The spookiness wasn’t the only attraction.  I was a bonafide sugar freak who made mouse holes in the Halloween candy bags mom had purchased weeks ahead of time and slipped out pieces one by one to satisfy my never-ending jones.

I outgrew this addiction (whew).  But as an adult and parent my mind would spin at how many American holidays center around giving children candy.  Candy canes, candy hearts, candy easter eggs, candy corn – seemingly requirements of a happy childhood.  Nevertheless giving a child a large bag and cheerfully encouraging them to go foraging to collect as much candy as possible seems peculiar.  Particularly if, as a parent, you don’t really want them to eat all the candy.

So how do we handle this?  One strategy offered to me was to allow the child to choose the number of pieces of candy that totalled their number of years on the earth.  Three for the three-year-old, fifteen for the teenager.  Another loving parent told me about the Pumpkin Man.  If one leaves a bag of candy out for the Pumpkin Man, it will be transformed into a present the child longs for.  I always volunteered to have a big group of trick or treaters come to our home for a pre-game meal and gave them hearty fare to fill them up.  Have you guys found a way to manage the Halloween sugar fest for your kids?  Let’s swap ideas.