Trick or treat? These days, we might as well just say treat, as Halloween has become synonymous with candy, sweets and other calorie-dense and nutrient-deficient snacks.
These treats are not simply out there, they are everywhere – and in copious amounts. Bowls full. Bags full. Mountains, even.
And, except for an occasional protein-filled nut in a candy bar, on the whole Halloween candy is nutritionally bankrupt.
If you’re trying to avoid the binge to maintain or reach an optimal weight during the spooky season, it’s a good idea to plan ahead with healthier snacks.
Knowing you have a ready stash of your own sweets will make it easier to pass right on by the candy bowl at work or your kids’ Halloween bags.
When looking at alternative choices, look for whole, unprocessed ingredients that are high in nutrients, including phytonutrients:
- Fresh fruits, such as apples and oranges
- Fruit snacks made with real fruit juice
- Dried fruits, such as raisins or mangos
Even better, make a trail mix. Rather than the typical recipe loaded with refined sugars, choose ingredients filled with phytonutrients, like almonds, golden raisins, coconut chips and plain, dark chocolate pieces. (The darker the chocolate, the more the antioxidants!)
Simply combine all the ingredients in a bag or bowl and enjoy!
Wellness bar v. candy bar
Whole fruits are an easy, healthy snack to eat out of hand, but when your coworkers are unwrapping your favorite candy bar, it’s no fun crunching into an apple. Try keeping a stash of candy bar alternatives in your desk, like Nutrilite Wellness Bars.
Here’s how one variety compares to a popular chocolate bar filled with nuts, caramel and nougat that tempts you at every grocery store checkout aisle:
Nutrilite Coconut Almond Wellness Bar:
- 180 calories
- 8g of protein
- 5g of sugar
Popular candy bar:
- 280 calories
- 4g of protein
- 29g of sugar
Consider pre-portioned snacks
Ever snacked on chips or crackers right out of the box and suddenly realized you were close to consuming the entire thing? Pre-portioned items can help curb the mindless munching of larger containers. Here are a few suggestions:
- Packages of peanut butter cracker sandwiches
- Mini rice cereal bars or granola bars
- Individual serving sized bags of popcorn
With these strategies you can feed your sweet tooth this Halloween without going overboard on the holiday treats. Have a healthy Halloween tip or recipe that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.
And if you want to read more tips for healthy living, check out our other blogs!