Sweets and Treats

It is hard to believe that Lucy’s 1st birthday is in 2 days! I have been busy planning a birthday party for her and my Mom. She turns 60 a week after Lucy’s birthday so naturally the only way I could get her to show up to a party for herself was to include her granddaughter.

With the planning of the party I have sat and thought about her birthday cake. Do I make a paleo cake or do I make a traditional birthday cake for her. I came to the conclusion that I would make her a traditional cupcake and make that our tradition on birthdays. Sweets will not be an everyday/weekly/just because treat in our house. We will have treats on true special occasions. Here is how I came to this conclusion:

1. Our extended family does not follow a paleo life style. I do not expect them to want to eat a paleo cake or offer a paleo option at their party just for my family.

2. She will be exposed to such treats as she gets older at birthday parties for her friends. Again, I do not expect others to provide paleo options and what kid would turn down cake and ice cream?

3. She will grow up with the understanding that these types of sweets are meant for true special occasions.

I know this may not be popular with the die hard paleo community. Keep in mind that I am just one person and this is one opinion on how to deal with sweets and treats with kids. Which brings me to my next topic, Halloween!?

We did not take Lucy trick or treating this year for a few reasons. Ryan was working and Lucy is in bed before the festivities even start. She’s also jut turning 1 and doesn’t get it – it would be more for us as parents then for her. We do plan to take her next year though. Halloween is an exciting time for small children and I would not want to withhold that from Lucy. Here is how we plan to deal with all the sweets and treats on Halloween.

1. After trick or treating Lucy can pick out several pieces of candy (obviously when she gets older) from her haul to keep – the rest we will donate to her Uncle. He is a high school teacher and can always use the candy in his classroom.

There is no need for a child to hold onto and consume the amount of candy they collect while trick or treating. Since we will be starting her out this way it will just become the normal thing to do as she gets older. One other consideration for the abundance of Halloween candy is to keep some of the non-halloween decorated candy and set it aside for Christmas. That candy can then be put in their stockings and you have saved yourself a bit of money.

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. I will be sure to post pictures of the birthday girl and let you all know how her first bite of cupcake goes. For those who are wondering. It will be a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting.

Eat Real

Jen

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