Alternatives to Halloween Candy

So here's the deal....the time is upon us. The time in America where we have back-to-back-to-back holidays that are surrounded with candy, food, and desserts. 

So how the heck do you make it when you are living sugar free!?!??

Let's start by talking about the hard part. Honestly, to truly make it successfully through the holidays. For you, and your family (especially kids), you really have to reshape the American holiday. It's hard, it takes work, but YOUR HEALTH, and THE HEALTH OF YOUR CHILDREN ARE WORTH IT! 

Let's start with the most prevalent one that is a mere 11 days away. 


To truly make Halloween possible, it starts with you. What alternative to candy can you give to other kids. How can you make small changes that will gradually turn into big changes, and that may not only change your family's Halloween, but others too. 

I took some time in the Target Dollar Spot and found some fun ideas to use instead of candy: 

Now I know what you are thinking...."But Brittany, do you know how many pieces of candy I hand out at my door each year. There are hundreds of kids that come trick-or-treating at my house. I can't afford to buy these treats for all the kids." 

And here's what I say to that. Remember above how I said we have to "reshape the American holiday." This is where it gets hard. But truly, why do kids need hundreds of pieces of candy? Why do holidays have to look like they always have. Can't you change up the way you do it without ruining tradition.  

Here are some ideas on how to RESHAPE the holiday and do it different: 

  • Attend a local trunk-or-treat, or church event where your kid gets only a small amount of candy vs. the hundreds of pieces they get trick-or-treating
  • Challenge the people you do Halloween with to all change it up: church group, friends, neighborhood. Do some of these treats I suggested above or do fun games outside your house instead of candy
  • Volunteer to help plan the trunk-or-treat. Make it a point system where the kids get tickets at each game station and trade it in for fun (cheap) prizes vs. candy
  • Host your own Halloween party and make healthy yet, good food for everyone! Need ideas, grab your pre-sale order of my SIMPLY SUGAR FREE COOKBOOK
  • Don't feel like you need to take your kids to EVERY SINGLE Halloween event. Just take them to one and let them have a little candy
  • Finally, if you have no control over some of these things, don't fret. Just limit what you do, and make changes in your own home and what you are handing out, and pray that it will trickle down to other parents. Because most likely, you are not the only parents that dread ALL THE CANDY! 

What changes have you made to make holidays less sugary? I would love to hear them! 



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Be a CANDY CRUSHER this Halloween!

Halloween is upon us, which means lots of candy is easily accessible, so how do you plan to CRUSH the CANDY this year, and despite the ease of snacking on it, making the choice to resist!??

Well let's start here, just don't be one of these moms!

So let me start by coming clean.....yesterday I had a bit of a relapse on my chocolate candy eating prego self! You see, I went to visit my previous job, and stopped by that office. You know the one that stores all the good candy! And they don't have the lame off brand candies, they keep the GOOD KINDS! And when I was pregnant, I would make numerous trips there a week.  It wouldn't have been so bad if I just had one or two, but by the time you have a handful or two handfuls of those tiny candies, the calories add up, not to mention all that sugar.  So....this is me admitting to you that yesterday I relapsed and did enjoy a handful of candy, but let's get on to next week.....HALLOWEEN!

How will I be a CANDY CRUSHER and resist the urge next week???

I have the perfect plan!

You see when I was first making Halloween plans, I thought, maybe we will take Zander Trick-or Treating...after all, then we will get lots of candy to eat, since he's too little to eat it! bahaha

My second idea was to go buy candy and give it out to Trick-or-Treaters.....I had two motives driving this desire.  1) I have never handed out candy to trick-or-treaters before, and I thought it would be fun. 2) It was the perfect excuse to buy the GOOD CANDY, and enjoy some myself, without guilt....after all it is HALLOWEEN right!?!?

Then I came to my senses, and decided that the hubs and I, and Zander would take a camping trip for Halloween weekend! We have been wanting to go camping, and with Zander being so small, he wasn't missing out on any fun! So we are skipping the entire thing, candy and all, and going on a weekend camping trip! I am so excited, plus it is a great way to not eat ALL THE CANDY! 



If you want to check out some other tips and tricks about how to be a Candy Crusher, then check out #DishtheFit link up with The Fit Dish! Lots of great bloggers will be sharing how they will resist the urge to eat all of their kid's candy this year!