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What to Put in a Stocking Besides Candy

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's almost Christmas, which means our homes are about to be bombarded with a plethora of candy and toys and new gadgets. While this is generally an incredibly fun time of year, it's also a time when the adults in the home tend to pack on a few pounds. Why? Candy! The chocolate, the mints, the peppermints. It's so good! And while the adults pack on the pounds, the kids fill themselves with sugar and energy. If neither of these sound appealing, take a look at what you can fill your stocking with this season that doesn't ruin your family's health.

Fruit

Fruit is a great option for stockings. It's sweet, appealing to most people, and of course, incredibly healthy! And it's so easy for parents and adults to find. Buy some oranges, apples, bananas, or whatever fruit your children like. Then fill it to the brim! This is an easy, affordable, and healthy way to have a bursting stocking without a bursting waistline. 

Nuts

Nuts give kids (and adults!) that salty, crunchy satisfaction, but without too many calories or extra harmful fats. Buy some almonds and peanuts and walnuts, and then throw a nutcracker in the stocking as well. You might be surprised at how much fun it is for kids to crack open their own nuts and eat them. Give this option a try if you want something healthy -- but not in an obvious way. 

Small Toys

Don't forget that kids are usually fine without any food at all. In fact, they'll probably be more interested in toys! Why not use their stocking as a place to put books and notepads and pretty pens and pencils? Fill it with yo-yos and Slinky and Play-Doh. These small toys give your kids something to do instead of something to eat. And most kids find this option incredibly appealing, since they're always looking for something new and fun to get their hands on. 

You don't have to pack on the pounds over the holidays. Instead of filling your house (and stockings!) with candy, just use these options instead. A healthy stocking won't take away from the holidays, and your kids won't be any the wiser as you're skipping the weight gain and they're skipping the hyperactive hours during the holiday season.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, Calif.

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