We actually didn’t pay too much attention to the Teal Pumpkin Project last Halloween (the first Halloween for Drake on the Keto diet) because I assumed it was solely for kids with severe food allergies to still be included in the trick-or-treating experience by having a separate candy bowl of nut-free and dairy-free candy.
But of course for Keto kids, all Halloween candy and chocolate is hands-off.
So I am pleasantly surprised that tons of people (including those in my neighborhood) are displaying teal pumpkins for non-food items such as glow-sticks, stickers, fake vampire-teeth, bouncy balls, and other fun non-food treats! Yay!
We let Drake get whatever he wanted while trick-or-treating (both last Halloween and this one), and then traded in all the candy for a toy; in a lazy Switch Witch attempt.
But it was awesome that this year he was able to get quite a haul of non-candy toys. Yay! It’s so easy to make kids feel excited and included and I love that an alternative to this sugar-filled tradition has become so popular and includes kids on special diets too!
I know there is a grandparent out there who is thinking, can’t we just let kids be kids and eat whatever candy they want, why do you have to go to all this trouble. But of course having an easy safe alternative makes such a big difference and parents of kids with food allergies or on special diets can live with a little less fear in their lives when they see those teal pumpkins.
Here is a fun Halloween recipe from the author of The Keto Cookbook. It’s a 4:1 ratio spooktacular snack! We used a little bit of Truvia and banana extract for a sweet flavor.