The Adult Guide to Halloween Survival! My Top 5 Tips for Adults to Surviving Halloween the Healthy Way!
Let’s face it, Halloween is NOT just for kids! We all have our favorite candy and the “out of site, out of mind” theory simply isn’t practial.
So to keep you slim and sane, here are my favorite Halloween survival tips.
1) Don’t Run on Empty: Don’t skip meals to save calories for candy. At each meal, focus on choosing good sources of lean protein, healthy fats, and veggies! This will help keep the craving (and blood sugar levels) under control.
Example Halloween Day:
Breakfast: Veggie scramble with whatever chopped veggies are in your fridge topped with avocado and tomato slices with a piece of Ezekiel Toast
Snack: Greek Yogurt Topped with Berries and Hemp Seeds or Chia Seeds
Lunch: Spinach Salad topped with quinoa, veggies, and black beans.
Snack: Handful of Almonds ~12 + 1 sliced apple
Dinner: Healthy turkey chili
2) Do not deprive yourself: If you tell yourself you can’t have it you’ll want it more! Instead of buying a whole bag 2 or 3 weeks before Halloween with the intention of “eating one or two and handing out the rest”, treat yourself to ONE of your favorite candy bars and spare yourself the torture of having in your house. Instead buy dozens of bouncy balls to hand out to the kids.
3) Have something to look forward to. Do you have a favorite candy bar or sweet treat? At the moment my favorite indulgence is Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. My plan is to have one decadent cup with a glass of red wine at the end of the night after Jake is in bed.
4) Make a Deal: Make a deal with your kids (or your husband or just yourself :)) to wait until after Trick or Treating to eat any of the loot. Before you go out tell your kids there will be a surprise waiting when they arrive home! Have them pick two of their favorite candies (chocolate or not) and when you get home have a surprise Trick or Treat Sundae Party!! Have them crumble their two favorites on top of no sugar added ice cream, frozen yogurt or coconut milk ice cream. Have some fun toppings at home like sprinkles and fruit that they can put on top as well! The fun of the sundae distracts the kiddos from the colorful wrappers.
5) One night, not one month: Once Halloween is over, have a plan to get that candy out of your house. Send leftover candy to the troops via Operation Gratitude or call local nursing homes, food pantry’s, women’s shelters, or a Children’s hospital. Some libraries even have drop-offs for extra candy donations. If you have older kids, you can make fun art projects with the leftover candy! Visit Candy Experiments to see all the cool things you can do with the leftover goodies.
Holidays are about good times and creating memories. Let go of the guilt, and don’t go overboard! Have fun and have a special treat!