How much sugar is in that soda, anyway?!

Do you know how many grams of sugar are in a can of soda?! Many contain around 40 grams! Of course, that doesn’t really mean much to the average consumer who is unaware that every 4 grams equals nearly 1 teaspooon of sugar! Yep, that’s right! About TEN TEASPOONS of sugar in most cans of soda! Yikes!



Health(ier) Halloween Tips!!

I hope you all enjoy these tips for making Halloween a bit healthier

If you have any other ideas, please add them as comments under this post so others can benefit!!

Instead of handing out candy and other processed junk to trick-or-treaters, try healthier alternatives like:

  • nuts/seeds/raisins or other dried fruits
  • miniature packs of Play-Doh, bubbles or crayons
  • silly putty
  • mini frisbees
  • rubber “bouncy” balls
  • mini yo-yos
  • temporary tattoos
  • glow-in-the-dark items
  • or other party favors

**Last year, we handed out “crazy” straws and “parachute dudes,” and they were a big hit!!!

If you want to be extra festive, look for Halloween-themed items like:

  • pencils
  • erasers
  • pencil toppers
  • stickers
  • balloons
  • plastic rings
  • bracelets
  • plastic figurines

Oriental Trading Company is a great source for these goodies! In Omaha, check out stores like Nobbies, the Dollar Store or Big Lots for bargains on these items.


Scary Cheese Fingers“Kids love these scary Halloween Cheese Fingers. They’re easy to make, too.” Click here for instructions!

Melon Brain – “Made from nothing more than a small, round seedless watermelon, this spooky cerebral creation is bound to turn heads.” Click here for instructions!

Apple Bites – “These toothsome treats are a fun and healthy break from Halloween sweets.” Click here for instructions!


*Arrange a “Buy Out” – Allow your child to trick-or-treat, but then offer a pre-determined amount of money for each candy they will “sell” you. That way they can “earn” money to buy a toy or game they want! They won’t be eating so much junk, but they also won’t have to miss out on the fun with friends! It’s a “win-win” deal!

*Make sure your family eats sensibly throughout the rest of the year. This sets a good example that helps kids make wise decisions any time they are tempted to overindulge with unhealthy food choices.

*Remember, Halloween can still be fun for kids without being too unhealthy! It just takes extra planning and dedication on your part!

Great Trick for Broccoli Haters

If you (or your kids, etc.) are not broccoli’s greatest fan, then you’ve got to give this recipe a try! Forget about smothering your veggies with cheese! I just tried this recipe that I found on the back of a store-bought basil package (The Herbal Garden brand) because I thought it sounded tasty. And, as an unexpected result, I learned that fresh basil totally covers the “broccoli taste” of broccoli – it just tastes like BASIL! Trust me, and check out the recipe below! 🙂

For more great recipes and all of the grocery shopping tips you need to ensure that you select the most additive-free versions of all ingredients needed to make this recipe (and all of my recipes), check out my book “Eating Additive-Free“!


6 cups water plus 2 cups ice (ice bath)

1/3 cup sea salt

1 head broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 TBSP olive oil

3 cloves garlic, sliced very thin

2 TBSP fresh basil, cut into thin strips


1. Bring water and salt to rolling boil and cook broccoli in water for 4 minutes.

2. Remove broccoli and place in ice bath for 2 minutes.

3. Remove from water and place on triple layer of paper towels.

4. Cover broccoli with triple layer of paper towels and gently pat dry.

5. Put oil and garlic in large, nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Do not burn garlic.

6. Add broccoli and cook for about 3 minutes.

7. Place on platter and sprinkle with fresh basil.

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