Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Healthy Halloween! (Part 1)

I don't know about you, but having all that candy on hand to give to all the Trick-or-Treaters, can just be a wee bit too much temptation!  Sure, it's fine to indulge a little, but how many of us find it hard to stop at the "little".  One fun size chocolate bar becomes two and so on.  Fine if you have worked that into your menu for the day or planned for a little indulgence, but more often than not, they just kind of disappear down your throat!

To help keep temptation out of your way, here are a few suggestions for all the ghosts, princesses, pirates and goblins that come knocking at your door:

• Individual packets of dried fruit, raisins, nuts, peanuts

• Peanut-butter crackers, cheese crackers, pretzels

• Fruit juice boxes

• Individual pudding packs

• Sugarless bubblegum or chewing gum

• Buttons, pins, spider rings, trinket jewelry, bracelets, friendship rings, hair barrettes, ponytail holders, shoelaces

• Home-baked goods (labeled with your name and address)

• Money

• Tiny plastic animals, figurines, finger puppets, whistles, balloons

• Halloween stickers, coloring books, puzzle books, pencils, erasers, note pads, etc (there are so many novelties available these days)

So what do you do with all the "loot" that makes it home???

 In terms of dental health, nibbling on a piece of candy here and there will continually bathe the teeth in sugar and acid. This repeated exposure is likely to cause tooth decay. The best idea is to let your children eat as much candy as they want at one time and then make sure that their teeth are thoroughly brushed and flossed.

Set a limit on how long the candy stays around. For example, any leftovers get thrown away after 5 days, or whatever you decide. This not only will get them back on a healthy schedule but will remove the tempting goodies from you, too! (hint, hint!!)

Tomorrow we will look at the expense of all the "adult treats" available at this time of year...

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