Last Halloween I gave you all my “Healthy Holiday” rant.
Just in case you missed it… I’m going to go over it again because I think it’s so important!
Halloween kicks off the holiday
season sugar binge! Think about it, In the next 3 months we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years…all holidays centered around food, dessert and booze!
So many people go into a mindset this time of year thinking “Oh, I’ll worry about exercise in January” or “I’m going to eat whatever I want until New Years then make my resolution to lose 20 lbs.”
NO. NO. NO.
I highly encourage everyone to use this time of year as a reason to focus on being healthy more than ever! I’ll be sharing tips, tricks and recipes as the next holidays come but first we have to survive Halloween.
Halloween = Candy = Sugar = You craving sugar like a crazy person for the rest of the holiday season
My #1 tip for Halloween is simply not to buy candy! Seriously just don’t do it! If you have candy at your house you’re going to snack on it all the time plus all the leftovers…you’re going to be eating that too.
But I have kids/ kids trick or treat in my neighborhood… Well did you know the average child consumes 3,000-7,000 calories worth of candy on Halloween night? AWFUL! I just can’t bring myself to contribute to that. Instead of handing out crap why not hand out 100 calorie packs of pretzels, be that person who hands out the oranges or even make something homemade? There are plenty of candy alternatives that are much healthier and equally as tasty!
I’m not going to buy candy but my kids are going to bring a ton of it home after trick or treating… Why not have your kids pick out their 10 favorite pieces then have them donate the rest of their candy in exchange for a new toy? Or have them pick out their favorites and freeze the rest…out of sight out of mind right? NOBODY needs to be consuming all that junk.
But 1 or 2 small pieces of candy won’t hurt me right? You’re 100% right if you have the will power to only have 1-2 100 calorie pieces of candy you’re fine. The issue is that the candy then sits in your house for the next 2 weeks where you start having 1-2 pieces every single day, then after every single meal and it not only adds up calorically but creates a sugar addiction where you’re going to start craving sugar after meals long after the Halloween candy is gone.
But I’m going to a Halloween party or have to bring something to my kids school… Instead of buying those nasty grocery store cupcakes why not bring one of my 3 Healthy Halloween snacks below. They’re SO CUTE and trust me people will be so thankful to have a healthy option. Parents- these are all SO EASY to make that your kids can help make them!
3 Healthy Halloween Snacks:
1. Banana Ghosts
- mini and regular sized chocolate chips
- peel bananas then cut the bananas in half (the tip of the banana will be the head of your ghosts)
- insert 2 mini chocolate chips for eyes and 1 regular chocolate chip for the mouth and arrange on a serving plate
2. Clementine Pumpkins
- peel your clementines and arrage on a serving plate
- cut celery stalks into small 2 inch pieces and insert into the top of the clementines to make the pumpkin stem
3. Apple Mummies
- apples (any kind/ color)
- mini chocolate chips
- wash your apples then using a vegetable peeler randomly peel sections of your apple to create a bandage look on the apple
- cut the apple in half and then cut out the core/ remove seeds
- arrange apples on a serving plate and insert 2 mini chocolate chips in for eyes
What’s your best tip for staying healthy on Halloween?
Do you hand out candy?
Are you a fan of Halloween?
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