With the gym, class, and work in the ER today I had less than no time to hand out goodies to the trick-or-treaters. If I HAD been home, I would have most likely handed out mini sized protein bars. I know, I know. Have a little fun, right? Let’s just pretend for a second you’re not already mad at me for being the halloween grinch and contemplate a few things…
3 “fun sized” or 1 regular size candy bar usually have at least 30-40 grams of sugar in them. 30 TO 40 GRAMS! Jamie Eason pointed out that many donuts and Krispy Kremes have less grams of sugar than that. Talk about SCARY on Halloween! That’s about 8-10 teaspoons of sugar. In ONE bar. How many pieces do kids eat on halloween? How many pieces do YOU eat on halloween?
Besides candy being high in sugar, it also usually has high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and artificial sweeteners in it, all of which are high in calories and have no nutritional value.
If sugar + high calories + no nutritional value isn’t enough to deter you, just know that the cocoa used in Mars, Kraft foods, Nestle, and Hershey’s products – which is most halloween candies – is almost always a product of slave labor. Young children in Africa are slaving away hungry, in horrid conditions to bring children here Halloween candy, too much sugar, and risks for health compromise. Something doesn’t add up right.
What makes today “special”? What causes people to feel the need to binge on candy because today is October 31st? No one felt the need yesterday, October 30th. And tomorrow? November 1st, will people feel the same need tomorrow?
Halloween can be about fun, costumes, family, carving pumpkins, playing humorous tricks on each other, roasting pumpkin seeds together. Halloween can be an ABSOLUTE blast while being healthy too!
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MUCH better than candies for the kiddies! And SO darn cute!
My kind of Halloween
Who ever said Halloween + Healthy wasn’t fun!? This is AWESOME!