White House Halloween needs some new tricks

On October 30, 2011, in In The Media, by celiacuniverse

Despite nudging from Jay Leno and compromise with the President, I was disappointed to see M&M candies and frosted cookies given out at the White House for Halloween.   And while the BMI (body mass index) of Houston children is likely greater than our military children, the “Let’s Move” program needs a little help.  Maybe it needs its own rider to allow for “falling of the wagon of healthy eating” when it comes time for special holidays.  From October to February, the holidays with the tastiest treats are luring us all away from our dietary programs.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day and a few other joyous occasions add up to only a few thousand calories PER HOLIDAY.  We all need balance in our life, but also compromise.  Shouldn’t the compromise be on the side of health, finding healthy alternatives, or portion size allocations for these special holidays.

I’m sure the White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses. has some healthy and tasty treats in his repertoire.  Even in Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 in Washington DC, the contestants were challenged to cook a 4 course meal using healthy AND TASTY items for a school lunch (Sam Kass Assistant White House Chef, was EVEN one of the judges).

It is time for a referendum on healthier eating for the holidays.  Maybe more tricks and less treats at this holiday, and more thanks and giving in November.