What’s Up With A “Healthy” Halloween?



“Pretty Please!?! With sugar on top! Just this once?”

The average child under 12 consumes 49 pounds of sugar per year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. It is no shocker that sugar is bad for our health, causing childhood obesity, diabetes, ADHD and more. Sugar releases an opiate like substance that tells the brain “more, yeah, yum!” But, still, Halloween is right around the corner, and children will consume hundreds of pounds of sugar on this day alone.

Below are three simple tips to keep Halloween sugar goblins away:

  1. Serve a fun, healthy meal before trick or treating. Now is not the time to force the broccoli, but do offer a meal rounded out with a lean protein, carbohydrate from a vegetable source or berries and a healthy fat like avocado, nuts or olive oil. Add some festive food to the table, including some of these fun options:

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  1. Set some boundaries & don’t forget the Candy Fairy! Allow your child to eat his/her favorite treat, but do set up some boundaries. Our family likes to donate half of the candy to American soldiers; another option is to trade the “Candy Fairy” for a little something special (without the sugar!).
  2. When all else fails, let it go. It’s only one day of the year and your child will not suffer from *one* day. However, on the other 364 days, spot the hidden sugar in packaged foods and do your best to steer clear from sugary snacks and foods. Sneaky Sugar Names may include* (partial list only):  Agave Nectar, Barley Malt, Brown Sugar, Corn Sugar, Corn Syrup, Date Sugar, Dextrose, Fructose, Fruit Juice Concentrate, Glucose, Glucose Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Honey, Lacititol, Lactose, Malt, Malt extract, Maltodextrin, Maltose, Mannitol, Maple Sugar, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Polydextrose, Powdered Sugar, Rice Extract, Neotame, Saccharin, Sorbitol, Sorghum Syrup, Sucrose, Sugar, Turbinado Sugar, White Sugar…and on, and on and on…

Take a look at this infographic that spells it all out, and contact binay@baconandbroccoli.com for information on the next RESTART sugar detox program in your neighborhood.


2 replies
  1. Brandae says:

    Great tips! I appreciate your reminder that it’s truly the other 364 days – the daily grind – where sugars sneak into our diet and wreak havoc. Cute photo too!

    • Binay Curtis says:

      Thanks, Brandae! The photo was not taken for the purposes of this blog; it was real…lots of begging happened that day!!


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