Are you afraid those evil Halloween treats will be haunting you this holiday? Candy is everywhere this time of year. You’ve seen it in the stores for weeks now and you most likely have a cute halloween bowl full of it ready to dump into the trick-or-treaters’ pumpkin buckets. Another scary thought is of your children coming home and proudly display their treasures … oh, it’s so tempting not to sneak a few pieces in! Here are a few tips to make it through the most “scariest” holidays and not fear the scale the next morning. So, these tips are for the non-trick-or-treaters out there.
- Plan your meal ahead so you are not ordering pizza at the last minute.
- Have a big healthy dinner loaded with protein and fiber to keep you full throughout the evening. Don’t forget to feed the children a healthy meal before trick-or-treating to reduce unhealthy snacking during and after the event.
- If you are staying home and handing out candy, spend time taking notes. You can count the number of trick-or-treaters, take notes of the costumes, etc. This will distract you from staring at your candy bowl.
- Keep yourself and your family busy and distracted after the “main event”. Have the family take turns or vote on a favorite costume of the night.
- Have kids pick out their 10 favorite pieces of candy and give the rest of the candy to the “Halloween fairy” for special treats to be earned for the next few days … or more!
- If you are attending a party, stay away from alcohol. Studies show that drinking alcohol leads to poor choices, excessive snacking being one of them.
- Have some healthy snacks to munch on. My favorites are vegetables and Heavenly Ranch Dip, Healthy Choice Granola or Healthy Popcorn.
- If you love chocolate, then make a batch of Chocolate Bites Delight. Very healthy choice!
- Don’t have time to make something? Then grab this for the best choice chocolate bar.
- Try my new recipe below for something that will surely take your mind off the Twix or Kit Kats!
Melt peanut butter and coconut oil on the stove over l0w-medium heat, stirring often. Dip pretzels in peanut butter mixture until well coated. Place on waxed paper and place in the refrigerator until completely cold and solid. Eat straight from the fridge.