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Would you consider NON-FOOD treats to TRICK-or-TREATERS?

Would you consider non-food treats to trick-or-treaters? The Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act also promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.

Here is what YOU can do:

  1. Provide non-food treats to trick-or-treaters (see examples below)
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available
  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map
  4. Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family
  5. Use the free printable signs, flyers, and materials HERE  to help you make the most of this year’s Teal Pumpkin Project

Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if you choose to hand out both options. Nearly all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

Are there any non-food treats that I should avoid?

There are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out. First, some non-food items still contain food allergens, such as some brands of moldable clay, which may contain wheat. Additionally, try to choose latex-free items, as there are children who have latex allergies.

Can I still pass out candy?

Sure – just do it safely! The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project® is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. You can keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.

Social media is one of the best and easiest ways you can spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project®. Be sure to use #tealpumpkinproject each time you post!

Lab Testing for Better Health – PODCAST

Testing your blood gives you insight into the most important laboratory – your own body. Get baseline screening blood tests or decide to take a deeper dive by ordering from our menu of advanced biomarkers.

Here are some of the baseline functional biomarker tests I recommend for my coaching clients

  1. Sugar Metabolism Screening – Fasting Insulin, Fasting Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c
  2. Inflammatory Markers – High-sensitivity CRP and Homocysteine
  3. Nutrient Panel – Vitamin D and Magnesium

It’s Been a Rough Year for Sugar

It’s been a rough year for sugar. In my previous blog HERE, I wrote about  the article published in health journal Obesity that  found sugary beverage consumption down 20% in children and 10% in adults from 2003. Fruit juice and sodas took major hits, replaced at the popular table by coconut water and seltzers. Coconut water consumption increased 228% worldwide from 2011 to 2016. Seltzer sales grew from $2.6 billion in 2011 to a projected $8.5 billion last year, led by La Croix, the staple of the suburban Midwest turned cult beverage

Here are some other “BAD” news stories about sugar

  1. PepsiCo announced they would buy home seltzer maker SodaStream  (“a good hedge” said Mad Money’s Jim Cramer!),
  2. Coca-Cola announced they would acquire the 4,000-store Costa Coffee chain
  3. Starbucks announced they’re beginning to test a lower sugar Frappuccino  because even  tweens have started to question the logic behind consuming 67 grams of sugar in one sitting.

When three of the biggest drink manufacturers in the world each make a move  away from the sugary thing that originally made them giant drink manufacturers, we’re reaching a tipping point.