Halloween is scary, but not because of the zombies at the door. The sugar-soaked holiday is a field of ketosis-killing landmines for a keto kid. And even if you can avoid the sugar, you might be in for some emotional bombshells.
We used some of the suggestions posted by Dawn and Tiffany at www.ketocook.com for Halloween alternatives. But I’m also thankful to Nora for being so mature about sticking to her diet and enjoying her alternatives.
As part of her dinner, I made her the gelatine skeleton posted by Dawn. She loved it! It was a ton of fat and a good amount of protein, so it also made dinner a little easier that night. I gave it to her with the pieces all piled into a container, so she had to construct the skeleton herself. Notice the LONG LEGS! She lives with a tall papa, so this must have seemed pretty normal to her! She had already eaten the skull at this point and was pretty pleased with herself.
We went to the library’s Halloween party, where they have games and prizes. Every game has the option of taking a toy prize or a treat prize (which was a baggie of Cheerios and such), and Nora always picked the toy.
But later she turned into a trick-or-treating maniac. At first, she told people, “I can’t eat candy.” The poor homeowners would look at me as if saying, “why are you taking your child trick-or-treating? What should I do?” I just said that she has allergies and we would sort it out at home. But after a few doors she would grab into the bowls as much as possible (a little embarrassing). She filled her bucket with candy like everyone else, but I was impressed that several people on our block were giving out stickers, pencils, and other trinkets in addition to candy.
Earlier in the week I bought the candy-equivalent of a toy for Nora and for Anders. I had a chat with Anders about happily trading in his candy for his toy, so that Nora would do the same thing (although he was still out trick-or-treating more when Nora did her trade). When we got home, I put the toy under a blanket on the rug. Then we made a pile of her candy next to it. I did a magic spell asking the Halloween Fairy to take away the candy and bring a toy–then quick switched the blankets! A present appeared! The candy disappeared! She was happy with her Hello Kitty pool party set. No problem! Anders also traded in his candy for a toy and he was very happy with his surprise, but he will get to keep a bit of candy to eat on the sly. Most of the candy went to a dentist in town who was trading 1 pound of candy for $2. The kids made $4 on their haul and got a new toothbrush to boot.
For the trick-or-treaters at our door, we put together grab bags full of trinkets. I also bought 1 bag of candy for big kids (our of fear of being egged later if they got a pencil)! After Nora and I got home, her candy went into a basket that she used to give candy to the trick-or-treaters. No fuss about that either. What a champ.
And now that fall is here, I highly recommend the Pumpkin Bars from ketocook. They are fabulous. I added a bit more fat to get a 3.5:1 ratio for Nora and they turned out great. She has been eating them for breakfast!