It’s been eleven years of ritualistic Halloween fright night for me and my family. We get together every year with the same trick-or-treating clan, neighbors we haven’t seen all year, but for some reason, as I get older, the time past just doesn’t seem to be that long. Before starting our trek through the neighborhood we do a potluck hoping to get our kids to eat something nutritious knowing it will be a continuous night of mouth shoveling of who knows what. Of course the night ends the same way every year with my kids counting, comparing and trading the two heaping mounds of pure temptation dumped from their pillow sacks on the center of my kitchen floor. This is when, according to my kids, I become the “inhibitor” as I make them pick out a few of their favorites and have them donate the rest. Fortunately for our teachers this year, there is no school the day after Halloween, sparing them outcome of the previous nights continuous candy eating. Easily a year’s worth of candy eaten all in one night, the artificial colors, preservatives and added chemicals in candies can negatively affect a child’s behavior creating a classroom of students that would test the patience of even the most tolerable school teacher. Linked to hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), many of the artificial colors alone have been banned in other countries. Sounds like reason enough to avoid these candies all together, but how realistic is that? More and more parents are looking for healthy alternatives to the steady stream of candy that finds our kids. The trick, or treat, is finding something that your kids will actually like.
So what’s a concerned parent to do? Start a trend, this Halloween hand out candy without all of the toxic ingredients. Here are some candy alternatives that will make you popular with your neighborhood’s parents and children alike. I found this great candy chart on foodbabe.com. A list of alternative Halloween candy substitutes to help navigate better candy choices without the added chemicals, preservatives, trans fats, artificial colors and GMOs.
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