At the Sunday Farmers Market located at the Sikes Adobe Farmstead across from the Mall off E. Via Rancho Parkway in Escondido the farmers are trying to change the nature of the Halloween handouts. They hope parents will scrap distributing the sugar-loaded commercial candies in favor of “Nature’s Candy” as this year’s healthy trick-or-treats.
“Nature’s candy” is dehydrated fruits such as persimmons, mangos and blood oranges; honey sticks; apples and nuts; and bars made from “ancient grains” all filled with vitamins and healthy fiber.
Every parent is familiar with the sugar high the traditional treats create, says Sustainable Santa® the head of the Real Santas United for Health Kids whose group is partnering with area Farmers Markets to promote the Nature’s Candy campaign.
“ And we applaud the efforts of some Dentists and others who buy those candies back from the kids,” says Santa. “But better than distributing them then taking the sugary bad stuff away it’s better to not give kids the harmful ‘treats’ in the first place.”
With two of three kids now overweight or obese and forty percent of the others who “look healthy” also suffering from diet driven metabolic diseases and ailments created by the sugar and other additives loaded into contemporary “snacks,” we vendors at the farmers markets can’t just stand by and not do something, says Claire Winnick, Manager of the Sikes Adobe Market.
That’s why we are teaming with the Santas to help get the kids off the SAD (Standard American Diet) of Fast, Processed and Junk “food,” and on to eating “real food” not just at Halloween, but all year long.
A special event promoting “Nature’s Candy” will be held Sunday, October 28 at the Sikes Adobe Market which is located at 12655 Sunset Dr. in Escondido. However, we will have these natural treats, which do contain some natural sugar, but also retain their fiber and nutritional values available all year.
“We hope this year the community will switch to ‘Nature’s Candy’ for all their holiday needs. What better Christmas gift to give than the gift of good health,” says Winnick?
Helen Nielsen is a member of Real Santas United for Health Kids.