When you think of Halloween, the first things that comes to mind are children in Halloween costumes and candy! I know that this was once a time of the year for me that made me kiss my waistline goodbye. If I would purchase candy for the kids, I would want to dump it out and put it into a pretty bowl to display it. Worst thing about a chocoholic is that candy that is in sight is in my mind. I would walk across and just graze one here, one there and didn’t pay attention to how quickly the candy added up. Before I knew it half of the bag was gone and there was still another week until the little kids were coming! After employing a few strategies, I discovered some tips for a Healthy Halloween that I want to share with you so that you can stay on track.
I know that you don’t want to give up giving out candy just so you don’t eat it and I don’t blame you. What you can do, however is not pick candy that you enjoy. For example, I LOVE 3Musketeers so I would get those and eat more of them than I was going to hand out. Now I get things that I won’t readily go for or things that I really hate like those awful popcorn balls, but I think kids just throw those away so I stopped doing that!
One great thing that you can do is hand out items that are not edible like toothbrushes, crayons, stickers and coloring books etc… Hey, kids will get candy at every other house so one where they get something different won’t kill them. You can get really creative with the stuff that you grab and you can get a lot of it in bulk inexpensively at the Dollar store. If you want to go with something edible you can hand out some fruit snack packs or fresh pieces of fruit. Some parents will be leery of giving their children fresh fruit because it is so easy for horrible things done to be done to it so the snack packs may be an easier way to go. I know that when I was a kid I was not allowed to have anything that wasn’t wrapped.
I’ve been learning to shift my focus on these holidays to watching scary movies and enjoying some healthy foods that remind me of Halloween. I typically make a healthified version of lasagna and some scary snack foods. That keeps me in check with my goals and keeps the holiday spirit without wrecking all of my hard work!
Do you have any tips that you use to keep yourself out of the candy? Have you implemented any healthy Halloween strategies that you would like to share? I’d love to hear from you!
Heather Santo is a 20 year cake decorator turned Fitness Enthusiast who loves helping others pursue happiness physically and financially. She is an absolute foodie and has changed her own life for the better by losing 85lbs on her weight loss journey. As she continues to lose she has learned how to transform her love of food into finding healthy swaps and new cooking techniques.