Sneaky Halloween Help

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With Halloween fast approaching, I’d like to share some sneaky tips to help families get through this nutritionally rough holiday:
-Don’t buy Halloween candy early – get it a day before – that’ll prevent eating it before the 31st.
-Give kids a good dinner (high protein and fiber) before they go out trick or treating  - this will keep them full and prevent overeating candy during the evening; examples of a good dinner are whole grain pasta with turkey meatballs or meatsauce – loaded with pureed veggies in the sauce.
-If your kids want to eat candy throughout their time trick or treating, give them a lollipop to suck – this will keep their mouths happy for very few calories (it’s a trick I use on myself when I take the kids out – so this mom doesn’t nibble too much candy!).
-After Halloween, give away a handful of candy everyday until it magically disappears – tossing the entire bag out at once will cause a riot. Allow kids to eat a piece or two of candy a day.
-To avoid temptation, keep the candy somewhat out of sight (and hopefully out of mind) – not in clear glass bowls/jars out on the counter.

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These revised brownies worked for the Grandsons. Have been doing this for years with my own children! Loved the recipes of yours I tried recently.

Tweaked brownies-

wet ingredients-
5 T. butter
3 T. (heaping) country crock calcium spread
1 c. semi-sweet choc. chips
3 eggs
1/2 c. purple puree*
3 t. pure vanilla extract, or 4 of double strength imitation
1/2 c. brown sugar packed
1/2 c. honey
dry ingredients-
3T. each:
wheat germ
whole wheat pastry flour
unbleached white flour
flaxseed meal
1/2 c. nuts of choice+...
1/4 c. rolled oats blended or processed in food processor
2 T. unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. dry milk
pinch baking soda and baking powder
1 t. all natural seasalt ( I use Realsalt ancient seasalt-loaded with micro minerals)
(9x 13 pan)-
* 1 1/2 c. blueberries
+ 3 c choice of one:
swiss chard (center rib and stem removed, ripped)
or baby spinach leaves

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