Practice Safe Snacks

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I love this week.  The excitement and the dressing up.  The parties.  The adorable children.  The thing I don’t love is the candy.  Well, the candy in itself is not entirely to blame.  The excess of it drives me a little bonkers.  (We still have leftover from last year when my daughter was 3…and she didn’t do more than a couple of blocks of trick-or-treating.)

We’ve tried to get rid of it, in moderation over the past year.  Allowing a piece of candy if dinner is eaten (and if she remembers to ask for it…which isn’t all that often). And of course, with Daddy raiding the bucket every so often on a craving.  But there is still so much.

What do you do about it?

There is a local dentist here who will trade it for money the day after Halloween.  And I’ve heard of the “switch witch” who steals it in trade for cash, or toys.  Also, the limiting kids to a certain number of candy pieces they can pick out and the rest disappear.

I’m at a loss what to do.  I try to instil good eating habits in my kids, and a huge part of that is allowing them choices.  In the end, when they are all grown up, I won’t be there when they choose what to eat or how to live.  So the best I can do is help them to understand choices.  A big part of choices are having things tempt you.  And I’m not sure that making those temptations disappear is the right way of going about things.  But I’m not sure.  So this year we’ll wait until the 12th hour to figure out what we should do.  And it will likely involve a discussion with my daughter about how we should handle all the candy, as a family.

In the meantime…we’ve been snacking on this lately.  Say hello to the banana man.  The perfect spooky snack.

IMG_4284And as always if you like what you see let me know!  If you don’t, then don’t.  Happy Halloween everyone!  Practice safe snacks.

 

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Recipe. A. Day.

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Tonight’s dinner was quick, healthy and fabulous.  Thanks to Annie’s Eats

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Recipe Roasted Red Pepper with Kale and Feta Pasta

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The only change I made was to add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the pasta sauce. (And I used the jar of roasted red peppers.)  Although the things I find on her site aren’t always totally healthy, they are always pleasing to the tastebuds.  This particular recipe happens to fit all my criteria (healthy, fast to prepare and tasty).

As a vegetarian I am very conscious of consuming the right nutrients in adequate amounts.  Protein and iron are paramount in my mind.  Today I didn’t get enough protein…and the night cravings had me succumb to popcorn (with added nutritional yeast – 3g protein/2tbsp) and some chocolate (2 Halloween chocolates).   It’s not so much the cravings and satisfaction of giving in to them that I deal with.  But the deeper: why am I craving it to begin with?  Today I think it was because I didn’t get enough calories.  Protein too maybe.  This article peaked my attention: Lack of Protein Causes Overeating

I went ahead with the chocolate and popcorn.  Mostly because I believe in moderation, not deprivation.  And continue to seek out the why.

Tomorrow I will be more balanced.

And today I will savour the chocolate.