Halloween is a difficult time of year for those who are trying to eat healthy. Even if you don’t have kids who bring candy home, chances are that your friends or co-workers who have kids may be trying to offload their candy stash by passing it along. Your office probably even has bowls of candy stashed all over, and friends may offer you candy when you visit them. This type of constant temptation makes it challenging to stay on track when temptation is constantly in front of you.
Halloween doesn’t have to completely derail your healthy eating plan, however; there are plenty of ways that you can take Halloween into your own hands and make it a healthy affair!
You’ll probably even find that people will thank you for skipping all that extra candy and providing healthier options on this decadent holiday. Making these changes to your normal Halloween routine can be really simple, fun and delicious too.
Here are just a few tips to make your Halloween much healthier this year.
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. Dark chocolate that is at least 65% dark is a much better choice when compared to milk chocolate, which is often much higher in sugar.
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. Look at and compare nutrition labels. Not all candy is the same and taking a few minutes to check out the different options can help you make a much better choice.
Whatever nutritional marker you choose to utilize, make sure to not over indulge in how much you eat. There can be a significant difference in eating one small snack-sized candy bar and eating ten of them: one is a treat, ten are a diet-buster.
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!
Now that you’ve either gone trick-or-treating yourself, or are dealing with leftovers from your own giveaway stash, what can you do to get rid of it?
Many schools or dental offices will take back candy from families; some even offer to buy it back as a fundraiser to raise money for their school. Another option is to ship it to soldiers who are working overseas by donating it to Operation Gratitude.
Above all, remember that Halloween is only one day. If you over-indulge a little that day, get yourself back on track the next. Check in with your Medifast Weight Loss counselor for additional healthy tips this Halloween.