Tips for a Healthy Halloween!
During this time of year, it is very hard to go anywhere without running into bags of candy. If you give out candy on Halloween, you probably already have it ready for the cute little trick-or-treaters that will be ringing your doorbell in a matter of a few days. Candy will be staring you in the face and testing your willpower for days to come.
The "mini" size of most Halloween candy seems to trick us into believing that it is okay to eat a few pieces without much of a consequence. It is easy to justify eating a few "mini" candy bars because they are tiny and there can't be that many calories in them. Right?
Wrong! Every piece of those treats work against you and your weight loss goals. The fun size versions may have a lot more calories than you think.
See how your favorite Halloween candy stacks up? Check out this list of worst to best Halloween candy options according to nutritional value.
FYI - The worst on the list are Reese's Peanut Butter Mini Cups! Just 3 of these teeny cups have almost 10 grams of sugar and 7 grams of fat!
Healthy Halloween Tips:
1. Make a plan to pick a few favorite pieces of candy to savor and put the rest out of sight or donate them to deployed troops (see link below).
2. Make yourself a healthy treat like my favorite pumpkin oatmeal balls (recipe in next blog) to eat in lieu of candy. They are packed with protein, fiber, Omega 3's, and made of whole, natural ingredients! You can feel great about having these as a treat and will replace your candy craving with something that is healthy and tastes delicious!
3. Eat a good dinner before trick-or-treating begins so that you are not starving and mindlessly eat candy to fill your stomach.
Remember that a little (and I do mean LITTLE) treat every now and then isn't going to completely sabotage your weight loss goals. If you deprive yourself completely of something you desire, this will create a craving. PLAN and FEEL GREAT ABOUT IT!
Want to get through Halloween without polishing off the leftover candy yourself and give to a good cause all at the same time?
Consider donating your excess candy to Soldier's Angels for their Treats for Troops program! Soldier's Angels distributes the candy to deployed service members and veterans at the VA Hospitals so they can enjoy a sweet treat.
Visit their website for more info - https://soldiersangels.org/TreatsForTroops.html