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Healthy Halloween

Author: Cara Walsh

October 28, 2014

Healthy Halloween

Author: Cara Walsh

October 28, 2014

Halloween is a difficult time of year for those who are trying to eat healthy. Even if you don’t have kids who bring home candy—your office probably has bowls of candy stashed all over. Friends will offer you candy when you visit them. This type of temptation makes it hard to stay on track when it is constantly in front of you.

If you are able to take Halloween into your own hands—make it a healthy affair! People will thank you for allowing them to make better choices on this decadent holiday. Making these changes to your normal Halloween routine, can be really simple, fun and delicious too .

To help you make better decisions this holiday, follow some of the suggestions below.

Choose better candy.

Sure, all candy can be enjoyed in moderation, but there are some options that are better than others. Dark chocolate is a wonderful choice that is low in sugar, has antioxidants and is satisfying in small amounts. Depending on your current nutrition focus, there could be different things you want to look at when choosing candy. For example, you may be more focused on sugar or calories, verses fat. Whatever nutritional marker you choose to utilize, try not to over indulge in quantities. Hershey’s Miniatures and Starburst Fun Size are a few of the lower sugar treats to enjoy. Snack size York Peppermint Patties are a little higher in sugar but only has 50 calories.  Stay away from candies such as Mounds and Baby Ruth that are not only high in calories, but fat and saturated fat.

Make Healthy Snacks

Although the easiest way to throw together a Halloween party is to grab candy and throw it in a bowl, with just a little preparation, you can make healthy Halloween snacks that everyone will enjoy!

Try making Jack O’Lantern Clementines: with black sharpie, draw pumpkin faces on cuties or clementines as an easy snack!

 

About the Author:

Cara Walsh
Counselor at The Carmel Mountain Ranch Medifast Weight Control Center
Cara Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Weight Control Counselor. Cara received her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian through the Utah State University. Cara is currently completing her Masters in Dietetic Administration through Utah State University. Cara has always had a passion for healthy eating and cooking. She loves to focus on how food can heal and provide nutrition-while tasting delicious. Cara thrives on helping others reach their full potential nutritionally. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to Pilates and running the boardwalk on the Pacific Ocean with her son and husband.

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