Raise of hands – who has a sweet tooth? In our house, that would be EVERYONE! Not only did I (and still do) go by the nickname Candy, but I get it honestly. I *LOVE* sweets, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really learned the difference between quality sweets and junky sweets. That high fructose artificial color stuff? Not good! That’s why I’m so excited about SurfSweets organic candy and their launch in Target stores across the country & because I bet you are, too, here’s a coupon for you to use for $1.00 off your next bag* of SurfSweets candy, including jelly beans, gummy worms & fruity bears (my fav).
I’m also learned that with my kiddos, a way to encourage smarter snacking when it comes to treats is to make it a special occasion, and make sure it’s a quality sweet. SurfSweets are made with all organic ingredients, no artificial colors or flavors, and allergy friendly. They are proudly made in the USA in a facility free of the top ten allergens.
So what’s a special occasion? A birthday, a graduation? Sure, of course they are, but I’m talking about the smaller, everyday kind of special occasions, like when our 6 year old works so hard at batting practice and gets a hit at his baseball game. Or when our preschooler’s teacher tells us a story about how she saw our son being sweet to a sad friend on the playground. How about when both boys cooperate to pick up all of their Legos and put them away together? These are all WINS and should be celebrated! I’m a big fan of positive reinforcement, and knowing that my little guys love candy as much as I do, I like to reward the GOOD behavior with lots of hugs, positive words, and a sweet treat.
The next big step in our special sweet time is mindfully eating it. Mindful eating? It’s the opposite of mindLESS eating, you know, when you’re standing and eating, or shoving your face without even noticing what you’re snacking on. I’m the worst offender while I’m on the phone – sometimes I’ll look down and will have polished off an entire bag of something without even realizing it. When we’re mindfully eating, we say things like, “mmmm, we’re going to enjoy a sweet treat as a reward for some special behavior. Look at how cute this little gummy bear is! Oooh, look how I can make the worms look like a face!”
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This post is sponsored by SurfSweets through the Amplify Influencer Network. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Author: Candace Thomas