4 Tips For a Healthier Halloween

By: Joe Martinez, RPh, PDE, CMS, Founder and CCO, HMS

Contributor: Stephanie Wu

BOO! The scariest and sweetest time of the year is just around the corner – Halloween! 

The most frightening of all things Halloween are the bowls filled with bite-size candy bars or candy corn that lurk on every desk in the office. “I’ll just have one,” we tell ourselves and then the next thing you know, the bowl is empty. For me, Halloween is especially challenging because I have diabetes.  With pumpkin spice delicacies and fall treats on every corner, I have to be extra careful with watching the amount of sugar I eat.  And I love white chocolate treats…

Whether you’re being extra conscious of your sugar intake, trying to be cautious about what you hand out on Halloween night (and what you do with the leftovers!), or making more of an effort to have a healthier holiday time, here are a few tips that might help. 

Out of sight, out of mind. 

Put those bags of candy all the way to the back in your pantry, or better yet, tuck them away in some storage space somewhere in your least favorite room in the house. There will be less of a temptation to “taste-test” a few before you hand them out!  I like to stockpile my candy early, way before Halloween night, so that I don’t have to compete with last minute shoppers the day-of! But that also means I have bags of candy in my house. 

The kids won’t notice if I sneak a piece, right? Wrong! They are probably monitoring the stash too.

Purchase your un-favorites. 

Though I certainly  have a sweet tooth, I can name a few candies I always happily put up to trade when I was a kid. These are the ones you should purchase to give out on Halloween, as they won’t really tempt you before, during, and after trick-or-treat night.

Now,  what to do with the leftover candy?

Sweeten the day of our brave soldiers by donating the extra to our troops.   Operation Gratitude and Soldiers’ Angels are two wonderful organizations that can help you do this. 

Indulge in healthier foods before the doorbell rings! 

Just like the advice to eat before you grocery shop, you should satisfy your hunger with a healthy meal before the doorbell starts ringing and the candy bowl grows even more tempting.  I recommend a meal that is protein-rich which will keep you fuller longer, and sustain you for a high energy night greeting those vampires and goblins. 

Reward yourself with something sweet for a successful night. 

The most important key to being successful in any diet or dietary modification, is not to completely deprive yourself and, if need be, ensure that you have a suitable substitute that is both delicious and satisfying. When the night ends, reward yourself! Eat an apple with peanut butter or a fruit cup. Even better, might I suggest some brownies? Yes, you read that correctly!

With our new menu, we are now offering healthy, delicious and satisfying black bean dark chocolate collagen brownies! You’d have to taste them to believe it, but they’re certainly a reward to indulge in at the end of a successful night. Sweetened with just a touch of organic maple syrup, enriched with collagen peptides, and enhanced with Himalayan pink salt, you’ll completely forget all the candy that you didn’t go for this Halloween…And your waistline will thank you too! 

First things first though. As noted above, I recommend eating a healthy and filling dinner before the activity begins. With a busy night ahead, though, perhaps it would be easier to skip the cooking.  If this is your preferences, consider the Keto meals from Healthy Meals Supreme.  These protein and low carb meals are tasty and there are options for every craving.  There are even Keto desserts, so you too can have a trick-or-treat. Here are three of my favorites.

* Always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.

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