This post is sponsored by Crest. As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own.
I can’t believe Halloween season is here already! When I became a parent, people told me that time would go by faster than ever before and they were right! I love this time of the year because the hot Florida temps are finally starting to cool. My kiddos love this time of the year because they both have birthdays in October and because they love dressing up for Halloween! This time of the year is so busy for us but I always prepare for Halloween with Crest toothpaste!
We are a family that tries to eat healthy most of the time but we do usually have some sort of sweet treat for dessert each night. One of the things we keep out of our diets is artificial food dyes (especially red food dye) and artificial flavorings. (We loosely follow the Feingold Diet if you want to google it to learn more info.) Because most of the candy that’s given out while trick or treating has red food coloring, we don’t let our kiddos eat much of it. We also want to make sure our kids to have fun (and not resent us) during Halloween. Our tradition is to let our kiddos pick one or two pieces of candy to eat on Halloween night. Then, the next day, they give us their candy and in exchange, we bring them to the store and they get to pick out a toy.
Our tradition helps us in two ways: it helps us avoid getting food coloring and artificial flavorings in our bodies AND it helps keep our teeth cleaner! Crest conducted a Halloween survey and their findings are SO interesting! Did you know that most people (73%) purposefully buy more Halloween candy than they needed for trick-or-treaters so they can eat the extra? (I’m guilty of this!) Also, 44% of parents admitted to eating more Halloween candy than their children! It looks like us parents need to do a better job of watching our sugar intake and make sure we are just as diligent as our children about keeping our teeth clean after eating candy!
Crest brought together a group of school-aged children as a focus group to test out new healthy alternatives for Halloween season. The results of the focus group showed that Halloween wouldn’t be the same without Halloween candy! Watch Crest’s fun video below or head HERE!
To prepare for Halloween, make sure you have your toothbrushes and Crest Toothpaste ready to go! And remember to have your children brush their teeth after they eat candy to remove all of the sugar off their teeth! (And if you are one of the 44% of parents who eat more candy than your children make sure you brush your teeth too! 😉 )