Tips for Healthier Halloween Treats
Every year, you look forward to Halloween. Besides being addicted to sugary, delicious candy, you always enjoy dressing up in a fun, creative costume. However, this year, you’re beginning to dread your favorite holiday. Because you recently started dieting in order to drop a few pounds, you’re paranoid you’ll derail your healthy eating plan. If you can relate to this troublesome situation, don’t despair. Armed with smart tips, you can enjoy Halloween without feeling guilty on the first day of November.
Don't Buy More Sweet Treats
Do you always knowingly buy more candy before Halloween than you’ll hand out to trick-or-treaters? If your favorite part of this festive holiday is eating leftover candy, consider changing things up a bit. Instead of giving the kids in your neighborhood candy, opt for healthier treats. For example, you might want to buy some clementines from your local supermarket. Utilizing non-toxic markers, make the clementines look like jack-o’-lanterns. Other healthy alternatives to present trick-or-treaters with include mini boxes or bags of:
- Dried cranberries
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Trail mix
Ideas for Healthier Halloween Treats
Don’t limit yourself to handing out food on Halloween. Get creative with crafts. For instance, you might want to decorate small pumpkins to give away. You might also enjoy making miniature ghosts from handkerchiefs or scarecrows from recycled materials. If you don’t have time for crafting, you can find inexpensive, non-edible treats at many discount retailers. Coloring books, plastic rings, and stickers are all great options. If you’re throwing a Halloween bash at your home, look for ways to incorporate healthy foods into the fun. Set up a station where guests can bob for apples. Serve low-calorie beverages such as water, 100 percent fruit juice, or homemade fruit punch instead of sodas and alcohol. Keep everyone moving with dancing and fun contests.
Many people use Halloween as an excuse to sabotage their diets. Thankfully, you can have a blast on this spooky night without expanding your waistline. If you’d like to learn more healthy, holiday eating tips, consider scheduling a free consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center in your area.
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