Trick or Treat: Healthy Halloween Ideas that Kids and Parents Will Love!

healthy halloween treats and habits for kids

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky, especially with the childhood obesity rate continuing to rise (did you know that the average American kid will accumulate 3500-7000 calories worth of candy in 1 night!). Watching your child collect and eat as many sugary treats as they can on a trick-or-treat adventure can be truly terrifying. But some may argue that this only happens once a year, so let kids be kids and allow them to create fun childhood memories.

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Beat the Heat with these 9 Hydrating Meal Monsters Treats!

hydrating kids treats for summer

Kids are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their little bodies are not as efficient at cooling down. And experts warn that by the time kids are thirsty, they are already about 3% dehydrated.

As we all know, summer heat and humidity can be brutal, even in the shade. Therefore, our goal as parents is to ensure that each child is reaching their recommended daily fluid intake, but the amount of water kids require may surprise you; toddlers (ages 1-3 years) need about 4 cups of fluid per day, while older children should be drinking 5-7 cups (more if they are active)!

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Brownie Heaven with a New Meal Monsters Kid Approved Recipe

gluten-free sugar-free brownies for kids with butternut squash
Childhood obesity is on the rise and it’s no wonder with all the convenience foods on the market; packed with artificial ingredients, sugar, preservatives and other horrible additives, getting kids to eat healthy, “real” food is often an uphill battle. And that’s why mums need all the help they can get!
Chocolate brownies don’t exactly help with the issue but if you’re going to give your kids a treat, why not make it healthier, especially if you can’t taste the difference? To get this right, we deployed one of the Meal Monsters’ secret techniques: hiding to hide veggies and wholesome ingredients in favourite snacks!

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Catching Up With Ketchup

Try this ketchup recipe with healthy ingredients for kid-approved taste

Pretty much all Western households have a bottle of ketchup in their fridge. Although it’s a staple condiment, I have never really thought that much about it until I recently went to visit my god-daughter at meal time – there was more ketchup on her plate than anything else! But what I found most interesting was that she would agree to have extra veg because it meant that she could justify having extra ketchup! And apparently, this is quite a normal scenario amongst kids.

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Junk Food and Kids: How to Have Your Cake and Eat it!

Healthy junk food for kids - it can be done!

Junk food is a weird one; why name something after rubbish/garbage when it is such a prominent part of our eating culture?

I work as a food stylist, and the clients who take their photography the most seriously, are the large fast food chains (I guess they have to!). And although I am an advocate for healthy homecooked meals, I have to say that some of their products are not too bad. But then there are some food brands that give me the heebie-geebies – products, which cannot really be called food at all! But the good news is, I have noticed an improvement in meat quality due to public pressure and the current food culture.

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