As a kid, Halloween was one of my favourite holidays, with the lure of free bags full of candy and chocolate. When else would your parents let me indulge in so many sweet treats? As an adult who tries to be health conscious, I understand those who encourage parents not to give out traditional Halloween treats but instead give out healthy snacks, crayons, or some other form of non-sugary snack. Yes, I typically post about healthy eating, but I’ve got to say, I totally agree with this fantastic post from Abby Langer, a Toronto-based dietician: “Stop Ruining Your Kids’ Fun – Let Them East Halloween Candy” as recently published on the Huffington Post. Everything in moderation. I believe as long as you model healthy eating habits and nourish your children with healthier (i.e. real) food most of the time, an occasional splurge such as Halloween is fine and will provide your kids with a lifetime of happy memories. After all, who among us doesn’t indulge in a sweet treat from time to time? Check out Abby’s article – it’s very well written and worth a few minutes of your day to read!
Note: Please consider peanut-free chocolates and/or have a few small non-food treats on hand for those kids who do suffer from severe allergies! Or check out the Teal Pumpkin Project which is raising awareness of food allergies.