Bring on the Halloween Haunt with costumes and trick-or-treating galore! So many sweet temptations are surrounding us this time of year. Not only do we buy the temptations, our kids also bring home the loot. You maybe even sneak a few pieces here or there. Our sweet tooths are going crazy and treats are abundant. Here are some quick tips to minimize those Halloween sweet-tooth haunts and stick to our healthy game plan:
- TIP #1: Buy Halloween candy to give out to trick-or-treaters that you don’t enjoy eating to reduce your temptation.
- TIP #2: Have a bowl of grapes, baby carrots, or cherry tomatoes to munch on during the trick-or-treat event (especially if you are the one passing out the candy).
- TIP #3: Before going out trick-or-treating, fill up on a healthy, delicious snack with protein and carbs. Your temptation for sweets will be reduced if you already have a full belly! Option: Peanut Butter, Banana, and Honey Wrap. Get the recipe.
- TIP #4: Your kids brought home way too much loot even for them to moderately consume. Have them pick out their favorite pieces. You can divvy them out over the week. Bring the rest of the candy to work and put it in a bowl (not near your desk) for others to enjoy. Giving is better than receiving, right?
- TIP #5: Work may be full of temptations, too, that haunt you during the day. Reduce your sweet tooth craze by having a healthy snack around at work. Pick a snack that truly satisfies you. I’ve been loving Pumpkin Greek Yogurt! Tis the season for the pumpkin! Eat the healthy snack to control your hunger and prevent your co-workers’ candy bowls calling your name.
Candy is OK to eat in moderation. Who doesn’t love a good trick-or-treat now and again. Remember to enjoy your food, be mindful, and have a Happy Halloween!!! What candy are you buying for the trick-or-treaters?
Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN