My daughter LOVES Halloween! Since she was very little, she would start planning her costume ideas way early in the year...like March! Lol!
Over the years, we've had some cute and funny costumes!
But to be honest, as a mom (who happens to be an advocate for healthy eating), I don’t love the over-the-top candy aspect of Halloween. So, I found a way to avoid the candy overload by using the Switch Witch.
Are you familiar with the Switch Witch?
In case you are not familiar, like Santa or the Tooth Fairy, the Switch Witch is a good witch that visits your home on Halloween night. Before the kids go to bed, they will leave the Switch Witch their Halloween candy loot (or a select amount). Then, while the children sleep, the Switch Witch will come and take their candy and leave a toy(s) in place.
This is especially a good solution for kids with allergies, medical or dietary needs that may be restricted from having candy, chocolate, nuts, food dyes, etc. It is also a tactful way to teach kids moderation, making choices, and concepts in trading. They can participate in trick-or-treating without feeling like they are missing out and parents don’t feel they are depriving their children of a fun tradition.
We didn’t really have an issue selling the Switch Witch story idea to our daughter when we implemented it. We gave her the backstory on who the Switch Witch is and basically she needs the candy for fuel for her broom. It has basically become our Halloween tradition now.
If you and your family would like to start this as a new Halloween tradition too, there is a beautifully illustrated hardcover book that you can buy here to help tell the story. The book comes with a cute witch doll and trick or treat bag.
For a fun-to-make and healthy Halloween treat, we put together this layered smoothie that looks like Candy Corn but it’s actually good for you! It's fun to make with the kids, tastes amazing and we love the colors.
One special ingredient that you can use in the white layer is vanilla-flavoured Bio-K Fermented Milk. It tastes like yogurt and is naturally sweetened with stevia. It has active probiotic cultures that constantly interact with our intestinal flora and provide the good bacteria that is beneficial to our body.
I usually buy it in the grocery store in the refrigerator section where all the yogurts are. Each bottle contains 50 billion 100% probiotic bacteria per 98g bottle. This probiotic beverage is so good for the kids and comes in a convenient one-shot portion for daily use. It will help improve your child's intestinal flora health. My daughter loves the vanilla flavoured one so adding it to this smoothie made her happy!
- YELLOW LAYER
- 1 cup mango, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup water
- ORANGE LAYER
- 1 cup papaya, cubed
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 ounce almond milk, plain
- WHITE LAYER
- 4 ounces vanilla almond milk or vanilla-flavoured Bio-K Fermented Milk
- 1⁄4 cup shredded coconut
Make it Like So
- Add the ingredients for the yellow layer to the blender. You want this layer to be thick so it will hold the top two layers.
- Blend and divide it between two clear glasses. Place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the smoothie layers.
- Next, add the ingredients for the orange layer to your blender. Blend using just enough liquid to make sure all the carrot is blended. If you don't have a high-speed blender, you can grate the carrot beforehand.
- Remove the glass with the yellow layer from the freezer. Using a spoon, gently spoon the orange layer on top of the yellow layer.
- Place the glasses backing in the freezer and prepare your top white layer.
- Gently spoon the white layer on top of the orange layer.