How To Limit Kids’ Sugar During Halloween

Lifestyle, Thoughts

It’s getting spooky out there, folks. Ghosts and skeletons are hanging from neighbors’ trees, the seasonal decor aisle at Target is empty, and children are already donning costumes around town. The big trick-or-treat night is upon us, and if you’re like most parents, you’re likely dreading all the SUGAR that comes with Halloween night.

BoredPanda, one of the internet’s most light and fun-loving news sites covering viral content, recently reached out to me asking for tips to help parents keep their children’s snacks healthy this Halloween. As a mom of two young kids, I was delighted to share my experience on how we’ve navigated this sugary time of year.

Below is the article from BoredPanda, and you can read the full article here.

My kids favorite Spider Crackers

Tips To Limit Kids Sugar Intake During Halloween:

  1. Prepare healthy snacks with your kids – I’ve noticed my children are always more likely to eat healthy food if they help me prepare it. Kids love being little helpers in the kitchen! This way, they’re exposed to all the sensory experiences of their food prior to seeing it on their plate for the first time. They also feel really proud of what they’ve created, which encourages them to taste it. My kids especially love stirring and mashing! Guacamole is one of our favorite healthy snacks to make, because they have lots of fun mashing the avocado! We also love making healthier breads, pancakes and muffins by adding shredded zucchini to the batter.

2. Create festive healthy food – Kids are so visual! No wonder they love candy’s colorful packaging! If your healthy food looks fun, your children may think it will be fun to taste, too! Try getting creative in the kitchen with festive-looking healthy snacks, like spider crackers or fruity ghosts and pumpkins. For more ideas, I shared 6 healthy Halloween treat ideas on KTLA-TV here.

3. Sneak in veggies – In an effort to cancel out the potential increase of sugary treats during this time of year, I’m always trying to find ways to sneak in extra veggies into my kids food. Spinach and zucchini are two great vegetables that hardly have any taste when blended or cooked into food. I always add spinach to my kids’ smoothies, and I’ve recently started shredding zucchini into all breads, muffins and pancakes. Check out how I add zucchini into an easy Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread mix on Instagram here.

4. Make it fun and pressure-free – Hype up those fruits and veggies! Talk with your children about how healthy food is “growing food.” All young kids are so excited about growing! Eat healthy food with them! Your their best role model. And, let your kids play with their food! That’s right, I said it… Allow them to PLAY with their food! Let them make their bell pepper stick into a train or build a house out of watermelon cubes. The more they touch their food, the more likely they’ll eat it. The more your pressure them, the less likely they’ll eat it. Their little brains want to know that they’re in control of their bodies, so the more you force certain foods, the more power they’ll desire to reject it.

5. Don’t worry, it’s temporary! – Halloween is one time of year. Just because your child ate four Snickers and an unlimited amount of Skittles on one night does not mean that this is their new normal. If anything, it’s valuable for your child to participate in Halloween and learn how a sugar overdose affects their body. When the night is over, ask your child to describe how their body feels. They may complain of tummy aches, headaches, or being tired the next day. It’s a good opportunity to speak with them about how different foods affect our bodies. Instead of withholding candy from your child (which will likely make them resentful toward you), utilize the holiday as a teachable moment.

Green Goblin Smoothie Bowls blended with spinach and berries and topped with dried fruit and nuts for faces!

Do you have any tips to get kids to eat healthier? Share below in the comments!

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XO Maggie

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WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF…

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Have you ever thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if… (fill in blank.)”

For many years, I’ve filled that blank with, “Wouldn’t be cool if I was a writer.”

You see, I was a broadcast journalism major in college and loved writing stories. I thought I’d one day be the writer and host of a lighthearted TV show that shared my and others’ personal stories. I wanted to inspire people and make them smile. I also loved the creative aspect of storytelling and feeling proud of my finished work.

Well, I needed a job after college in a recession, so going down that path never happened for me. Instead, I’ve had a really fantastic career in public relations where I’ve still been able to exercise my writing and creativity muscle a bit.

However, the “wouldn’t it be cool if” thought has sat in the back of my mind for the last 10 years. So, during this pandemic while my PR work slowed, I decided, “What am I waiting for?! I can do it myself!”

So, here I am, being a bit vulnerable and launching a personal blog to showcase my writing while also hoping to uplift and entertain anyone who reads.

I used to be an extreme perfectionist and really suffered from the “disease to please” which kept me from taking any risks. Now, I take myself a little less seriously and just want to enjoy every day not living in fear. So, I’m doing this blog for me, but also, I hope someone out there may take interest in learning about or being entertained by topics that I’m passionate about – motherhood, design, travel and mental health.

My favorite part of writing is connecting with people. Should you have interest, I’d love for you to follow along and share your thoughts with me.

Cheers to being scared and doing it anyway, cheers to creating, and cheers to connecting!

XO, Maggie 

INTRODUCTION

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Why, hello! However the Internet got you here, welcome!

This website serves as a destination to share about things that interest me – travel, design, mommy-baby stuff, favorite beauty and fashion finds, and mental health awareness. I hope this will be a place to connect with other moms and modern women as I blog about my favorite products and little hacks to make my life more simple and beautiful as a working mom with two babies.

Here’s some interesting facts about me:

  • I live in Southern California but was raised primarily in Texas. I also lived in Tennessee and North Carolina before the age of 15.
  • I have a broadcast journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where I was in a sorority and on the pom squad.
  • I have two babies (one boy and one girl) and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
  • Like every good Southern Belle, I participated in beauty pageants from age 7 to 20. That was BEFORE the craziness of “Toddlers & Tiaras!”
  • I used to be a huge theater nerd enthusiast and performed in community theater for the majority of my childhood.
  • Swimming, soccer and field hockey were my favorite sports growing up. I also joined the basketball team to make friends when my family moved, but I was terrible!
  • I took French for nine years but still haven’t been to France! On my bucket list!
  • Favorite pastimes include reading, writing in my journal, cooking, hiking, running, decorating our home, listening to music, and spending the day poolside or at the beach with my family.
  • My favorite date nights with my husband involve comedy shows or concerts.
  • My favorite places to vacation thus far are Kauai, Los Cabos, St. Barth and Turks & Caicos (I favor beach destinations), but I also adore quick weekend escapes to Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.
  • I’ve interviewed Garry Marshall, Lisa Kudrow, Ed Helms, Kristin Cavallari, Jayne Seymour, Kirk Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Snoop Dogg, will.i.am, Holly Madison, among other celebrities when I was working in entertainment news and PR.
  • I started writing in a journal when I was 7 and have been writing in one ever since – I have almost 20 volumes!
  • I am the youngest of three children and have two older brothers. My brother, Yancey, suffered from bipolar disorder and took his own life when he was 28 years old. I’m extremely passionate about mental health, suicide prevention and mental health anti-stigmatization.
  • I always liked working or having my own business. I started a dog-sitting business when I was 9 and became a Red Cross certified babysitter when I was 12. I started lifeguarding when I was 15 and always had a job or internship in college.
  • My husband and I purchased our first house in 2017 and we recently just completed a major remodel. I’m currently working on decorating the interior. It’s been quite the process but really fun! I’ll share some behind-the-scenes of the remodel and decor process on the blog.

Looking forward to connecting and sharing more of my passions and experiences with you!

XO Maggie