Fall is here and Halloween is just around the corner! This festive holiday often gets a bad reputation for its emphasis on sweets and junk food. Here are our tricks for treating yourself during this time of year while still remaining on track toward reaching your health goals.
Limiting the Treats
- Don’t buy Halloween candy too early. You will likely tempt yourself into eating it before the trick-or-treating even starts. Treat the stragglers with the remainder of your bowl so you won’t be tempted with the leftovers.
- If you do decide to buy candy, try to buy something you don’t like yourself.
- Instead of handing out candy this year, consider giving out other small treats/toys like pencils, stickers, or other fun party favors. Or, try candy alternatives like raisins, nuts, seeds, crackers, all natural fruit snacks, and popcorn.
- Granola bars or different protein bars are a healthier alternative to candy bars. They are still sweet but typically provide additional protein, vitamins, and minerals.
- If you feel like you must purchase candy for Halloween…
– Try the sugar-free alternatives that many candies now offer.
– Select dark chocolate over milk chocolate.
– Swap 100% fruit chews for high sugar fruity candies.
– Pick a candy that takes a while to finish like lollipops or hard candies so you will be less likely to find yourself reaching for seconds and thirds.
Healthy Fall Activities
Fall is a great time of year to get outside and active. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the fall and Halloween in a healthy way.
- The leaves are changing! Get outside and take a walk around your neighborhood and notice the change of seasons.
- Go to the pumpkin patch. Walking around the field and picking up pumpkins is great physical activity.
- Cooling temperatures is a great time to plan a bike ride or plan a fun outing to a corn maze with your loved ones.
- It’s football season. Get outside during halftime and toss the ball around with your friends, family or neighbors.
- Ever been apple picking at an apple orchard? Check to see if you have one locally and try making some healthy fall recipes with your picks!
- After carving your pumpkins, rinse off the seeds, lightly season, and bake them in the oven for a tasty and healthy fall snack. Pumpkin seeds are high in healthy fats, omega-3 and protein.
- Do you still have veggies growing in your garden? Have you ever tried canning? This is a great way to store leftover veggies for a longer shelf life.
- If you have kids, make sure to get involved in their trick-or-treating! Walking up and down to each doorway while trying to keep up with their excitement and carrying bags filled to the brim with candy can be an excellent workout!