Practice Safe Snacks


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.



16. Jump!

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days


Organization.  It really does work.  So pack your gym bag up and put it right beside the front door (or back door) or better yet, in your car.

Ready to go.

Then when you have a free moment grab it and GO!  It’s like the parachute you grab just before jumping out of a plane…because the jump won’t be successful without it.

Really, its the little things that make life simpler.  And health easier.  And happiness achievable.

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

Meal Plan Monday Sunday.


Whoa.  Wait.  What?? Meal planning on a Sunday. That’s just crazy.  Especially for a planner like me.  But yes, a houseguest is coming (Yeah Mom!!) Requiring planning and coordination ahead of time.

Lucky for you that means meal planning this week.  My intention with the 40 Tips in 40 Days was to skip Sundays, but alas here I am on the laptop with a plan.  Happily I might add.  Houseguests make me happy!

  • IMG_1462Butternut Squash Soup with whole grain bread for dipping in olive oil and balsamic vinegar **Update** When I made this soup I was feeling like we hadn’t gotten enough protein lately – so I added an extra 2 cups of broth, 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and 1 cup of cooked garbanzo beans, blended and voila! A beefed up butternut soup. So good. And about 40g protein added!
  • Cauliflower Indian with peas, paneer and Naan bread
  • Quinoa Zucchini Bake with a large side salad
  • Soba Noodle Salad with Moo-Shu (Lettuce!) Wraps

Then come dates nights and restaurant nights to spoil our guest and a night out at a friend’s house.  I haven’t forgotten my blog though (you can breath a sigh of relief now…I know how worried you must have been.) This master planner has blogged ahead (much to my kids dismay at lack of playtime over the last 2 days.) So for the next week or so everything is on automatic.  And I’ll be back in person blogging next week.

Unless the recent sunshine and warm weather has gotten to me, and I’m outdoors permanently…

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