Halloween is a time to indulge in your favorite Halloween costumes, scary movies, and pumpkin carving abilities – but when it comes to health, it’s important not to overindulge in sugary treats and let your sweet tooth take over.
One thing we don’t want to fear during Halloween is the food we consume while we’re pretending to be someone or something else, because when it comes to how we look, the one thing we don’t want to change is our belly. Feeling and looking healthy will always be better than those 10 Kit-Kat bars you just ate.
But don’t fear! We’ve compiled a list of 6 ways you can have a healthier Halloween and still enjoy all of the spook-tacular festivities. Check them out below!
Eat Before You Trick-or-Treat: Eating before you trick-or-treat or partake in other Halloween festivities helps you avoid constant snacking. If you and your kids leave on a full stomach, the candy won’t be as tempting to indulge in! So before you leave the house, enjoy a healthy meal with your family or friends. You won’t regret this decision and you get to hang out with your friends and family, too – double win!
Find the Right Bag: Much like finding the right purse for every occasion, finding the right bag for Halloween is a must. Stay away from pillowcases because they encourage kids to take more candy. Who wants a bag that looks half full? With smaller bags, kids will be more inclined to take one piece of candy—and we promise there will be enough room to visit each house in the neighborhood.
Don’t Save Candy: If you have a hard time sticking your candy bag in the freezer when you get home, it’s time to learn which sweets to save and which ones to throw/give away. One way you can cut back on candy is by putting aside a piece a day for 5 days. Then, throw away the rest or use it for a fun activity such as a piñata for an upcoming birthday party! If you think with your head and not with your eyes, you won’t be disappointed!
Exercise: Get your bones working! The key to Halloween is staying active whether you’re collecting treats or giving them out. Instead of driving your kids to each house, make sure they walk. You can also plan a fun physical activity to do with your family or friends. Take a hike, play some football, go to the gym for 30 minutes or arrange a spooky scavenger hunt around the neighborhood. Whatever you decide, it will be worth it!
Bake Healthier Treats: One way to keep the sugary foods away is to fill your house up with healthier treats. Making lighter desserts allows you to indulge without packing on the pounds. You can check out the article, “Treats that Won’t Trick Your Diet” at www.health.com to find recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
Hand Out Non-Sugary Food: Yes, we know no one enjoys getting a toothbrush or apple in their Halloween bag, but there are enjoyable non-sugary alternatives, too. Animal crackers, sugar free hot chocolate packets, and snack sized pretzels make good give-a-ways. If you don’t want to give out food at all, toys are a great substitution. Try filling your candy bowls with bubbles, stickers, glow sticks, or Play-Doh containers. We promise you won’t scare any kids away with these boo-tiful options!
If Halloween gets the best of your healthy habits and you’re in need of some health tests, we are here for you! Give us a call at (314) 522-8378 or book an appointment with us online at www.dlabtest.com. Your health matters to us!