Halloween is just days away. It is the start of the Holiday Season where we all struggle to keep off the weight. So rather than starting the New Year with a resolution to lose weight, lets start the Holidays with a resolution to have a Healthier Holiday season.
Candy is the reason kids knock on doors in silly costumes (and really why we as mom’s let them). The Halloween candy kids come home with or that you buy to hand out to trick-or-treaters is loaded with added ingredients and sugar, which is what makes them so addictive and hard to say no to. Here are some tips to enjoy Halloween while not getting too far off track:
- Evaluate your candy and choose one that is lowest in sugar. The best options are usually Dark Chocolate with nuts.
- Choose a candy with better ingredients. For example, try Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups over Reese’s. You can even find Justin’s at Costco! (UnReal is another great option if you can find it, I have not found them in local stores this year).
- Choose a candy like a lollipop that will take you a long time to eat and keep you from indulging in one treat after the next after the next. Try YummyEarth organic lollipops found a Whole Foods.
- Wait until the last minute to buy your candy then you won’t dig in before the big night!
- Make a deal with yourself to take a lap around the neighborhood to burn off a few calories before every treat. You may find that it isn’t worth it, or that sugar craving you had went away because you got up and moved your body.
- Just don’t buy any candy! Instead head to the dollar store or order from a place like Oriental Trading for small gifts like tattoos, stickers, pencils, and small toys to hand out.
- Make your own candy! When you make your own food you are in charge of the ingredients you put in it. Head over to my blog Kitchen Instruction Manual for a guilt free KIM’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cup (But don’t give it to strangers, they won’t trust you and all your hard work will go in the trash!)