9 Tricks to Eat Clean on Halloween


halloween-candy

Let’s not sugarcoat it: Halloween treats are bad for your health.

But let’s be real here –it’s HARD to get through this spooky time of year without the calorie overload.

The good news is you don’t have to sacrifice 100% –after all, it’s about moderation, not deprivation.

With that said, here are 9 simple strategies to keep your weight loss on track and your family healthy this Halloween season:

tortilla soup1. Fill up before trick-or-treating. Have the kiddos eat something healthy before heading out. That way they won’t be tempted to indulge while they go out. The same applies to you if you’re going to a Halloween party! Try my delicious, 21 Day Fix-approved tortilla soup recipe here.

candy shopping2. Procrastinate. Buy the treats the DAY OF so you can avoid temptations.

coconut3. Choose candy you DON’T like. I’m not a coconut fan, so coconut-filled chocolate candy works perfectly for my trick-or-treaters!

Girl-eating-cupcake4. Eat the best parts of the treat. If you love the tops of cupcake best, just eat them. It’s not exactly clean eating, but you’re slimming your totals with the smaller portions.

hide candy5. Practice portion control. Have 1-3 sweets a day –the rest in the freezer. Remember, out of sight out of mind.

donate candy6. Give treats away. When coming back, ask your kids to separate their treats into two piles: one for themselves and another to donate. Take it to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, or children’s hospital.

kid_holding_money7. Use the “Buy Back” program. After trick-or-treating, have your child pick out his/her favorite candy and buy the rest back from her. They only get a few dollars, but ultimately they feel like they’re getting something better out of the deal!

bright cany8. Skip the bright candy. That includes gummy bears, sugar coated worms, and candy corns. They may look cute, but there’s nothing scarier than having one of those little bears stuck in your fillings!

workout9. Get your workout in, no exceptions. Waking up the day after and feeling good will make all your effort worthwhile!

HEALTHY SWAPS FOR TREATS

OK, so maybe you won’t be the coolest house on the block for handing out these healthy swaps, but you WILL be the superhero against childhood obesity. Keep in mind some of these aren’t the absolute healthiest, but they ARE the healthier option!

healthy halloween

  • Gluten-free brownie bites
  • Teddy grahams
  • Honey Maid Cinnamon sticks
  • Granola bars
  • Sugar-free hot chocolate packets
  • Dark chocolate
  • Whole grain cheddar cheese or peanut butter crackers
  • Caramel popcorn
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Trail mix
  • Cereal bars
  • Beef/turkey jerky
  • Clementine Jack-O-Lanterns
  • Homemade chocolate chunk cookies

With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s around the corner, it’s a great reason to stay strong during Halloween. You’ll set the tone for the challenges ahead!

YOU GOT THIS!

Happy Halloween –and cheers to good health!

Cris

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