Halloween. A holiday celebrated with spooky, scary skeletons, frightening jack-o-lanterns, and millions of pounds of consumer purchased sugars and sweets. Why not save your kids an extra trip to us and make sure their teeth stay beautiful, healthy, and free from cavities this year? Here are some great alternative to candy, and a handy tip to fight those huge sacks of sweets they are bound to get.
1. Fruit Snacks!
You can find plenty of healthy, organic fruit snacks with low added sugars at your local food stores. If there is a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s near you, then you can quickly pick up a few boxes to give away. It is not as cheap as buying a 6,000 pack of Reese’s Cups for $8, but will not break the bank.
Fall is a great time for apple picking. Take them apple picking with you and encourage them to eat the apples anytime they are craving a sweet snack. Apples are also an excellent food to eat on the go and can safely be disposed of without worry (just don’t throw in someone’s lawn!).
3. Trail mix
You can either make your trail mix at home or buy it from the grocery store. Adding some Reese’s Pieces to the trail mix will help to satisfy that sweet tooth, but not have so much sugar that it is basically candy.
4. Dried Fruit
Hey, some people like this as a normal snack. You never know until you try right?
The Trading System
Here’s where you can get a bit creative with how your kids use their Halloween candy. Brought home 35 full-size candy bars? Guess who just got that new generic toy they’ve been wanting!Woah you got 50 pieces of candy?! That is enough to earn you a night out at any restaurant you want! 75 whole pieces of candy? LAZER TAG!
See the pattern? The kids get something they want, and you get to hoard all the delicious candy for yourself… I mean… you can responsibly have the candy yourself, right?
We understand the appeal of candy, this year we’ll be eating some right alongside you guys. The important thing to remember, and the main takeaway we hope you got from this, is moderation. Make sure you’re not eating too much sugar, and mix in other types of treats while you’re at it. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us here at Hospital Dental Group, and until next time, thanks for reading!