Posted on 10/30/2012
On the day before Halloween, I am anticipating all the little ones ringing our doorbell and smiling from ear-to-ear when we hand them a nice, cold juice to drink instead of the usual candy they get from most stops along their routes. By all accounts, when we started doing this well over 35 years ago, I never thought it would be so popular. I believe we have to be one of the most popular stops for most trick-or-treaters every year!
Why juice instead of candy? Well, I am Seattle Sutton, from Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating after all! What else would you expect from me, but a healthy, nutritious and delicious treat for the little ones? Halloween is no different. It is even more important to have healthy options during holidays. What's better than 100% real fruit juice with no sugar added? Not much, if you ask me.
What sort of message would I send youngsters and their parents if I served them candy? That's not what you'd expect from, what some call me, a healthy eating expert. No, that would be pretty inconsistent with the way I live my life. I began doing this many years before I started SSHE.
I know chocolate has its health benefits, but not in the great quantity kids receive on Halloween. Moderation is key, as with anything in life. But why not give them something they love, you love to serve them and know they are getting something good for their growing bodies?
When tomorrow comes around, I look forward to seeing all the cute (and scary) costumes the holiday begets. I also look forward to the big pile of empty juice containers left behind from the trick-or-treaters.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.