Posted on 10/30/2013
It’s almost Halloween and everyone is gearing up for it…on Thursday morning, I’ll have cases of 100 percent fruit juice delivered for the children who will be stopping by the house to trick-or-treat. Juice? Yes, that’s the usual offering at the Sutton house each year and the kids (and parents) know it by now. I think they look forward to it each year. They need something to wash all that candy down!
It started nearly 40 years ago many years before I started SSHE, I thought why should I – Seattle Sutton, a registered nurse and healthy eating advocate -- hand out candy when I can offer children a healthier option for Halloween? Juice seemed like a great idea. And it was…
Thirsty kids come by anticipating it now, and I love it! I don’t intend to make any changes. Sure, there’s always a pile of empty juice containers scattered about come the morning of November 1st but it’s not a problem to pick them up.
I think parents appreciate it, often joining their kids in a little drink of juice too. As a parent, I know I would appreciate such a gesture.
It’s difficult to teach kids about moderation. And on Halloween with candy all around and a never-ending flow of goodies, it’s hard. I like to say it’s okay to have candy once in awhile, but don’t make it a regular habit. Real chocolate is the best option, even research supports the benefits of dark chocolate for one’s heart health (in moderation).
I always tell kids that candy and food with food dyes should be avoided. I still remember my little granddaughter Erin Borgstrom in kindergarten and she refused to eat the green crispy rice treats because they had food dye in them. Different holiday, but you get the point. Stick to chocolate and avoid food dyes!
To all the little ghouls and goblins, have a happy and safe Halloween. I look forward to seeing you at my door and quenching your thirst tomorrow night.
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.