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October 13, 2016

Trick or Treat | Tips for a Healthy Halloween!

Youve finally got your healthy habits back on track, youre feeling great, and then you realize the sugary temptations youve been working so hard to resist are right in front of your face: its HALLOWEEN! Those tiny pre-wrapped candy bars are popping up in bowls all around the workplace, and they even take over an entire aisle at the grocery store. Its hard enough to resist the temptation on a regular day, but now youre expected to buy bags of sweets and give them away!? Dont scream! We have some Halloween health tips to help you enjoy the fun of the season without getting scared. Put off buying candy until the day of Trick-or-Treating. If you have candy sitting around in your house the week before, youll be more tempted to break into the stash before the holiday. Also, its better to buy a little less to avoid leftovers - you dont want that extra bag sitting around calling your name! Choose candy you dont like. Some kids love licorice, but you might not! Theres no better way to resist dipping into the candy bowl than if its full of a candy thats not your favorite. Try purchasing non-candy items instead. Who says Halloween is just about sugar? Maybe this year, try purchasing inedible things to hand out. Some ideas: bouncy balls, spider rings, bubbles, stickers, pencils, glow sticks, or crayons. And really, kids are probably better off without the extra sugar anyway! Hand out True Citrus! Our products come in perfectly pre-portioned packages, theyre sweetened naturally with Stevia, and theyre a healthy alternative to sugary candy bars. You wont need to worry about resisting temptation if you choose to hand these out! Give out snacks, not sweets. Another idea is to hand out packets of dried fruit, trail mix, microwaveable popcorn, or peanut butter. They might not be the most favorite prizes for the kiddos, but you can feel good about what youre handing out - and even save the leftovers for your next snack time! Get dark chocolate squares. Sometimes, we must give in to our cravings. Choosing healthier substitutes will satisfy you without getting thrown completely off track. To the kids, chocolate is chocolate, but youll know that there are more health benefits to eating a simple square of dark chocolate in place of that 3 Musketeers candy bar! What are your tricks (or treats) for resisting temptation during Halloween? What is your favorite healthy alternative to candy? Let us know in the comments! Happy Halloween! [Credit: Wellingon, Chrissy. Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Halloween.]