Happy Halloween! While I am very excited to finally have Pumpkin as a staple ingredient in nearly everything I buy, let's face it, this is a tough Holiday for staying on track with your "healthy eating plan." With candy bowls everywhere (from the grocery store check-out line to your Doctor's office waiting room) it makes it feel more like a trick than a treat doesn't it?!
That's why I wanted to offer 3 helpful tips for...
How to make it through Halloween without eating 50 mini candy bars:
1. Don’t keep the candy bowl in sight - Putting a dish of candy on your desk at the office or next to the bowl of bananas in your kitchen isn’t going to help your cause. We are much more likely to eat something unhealthy if it’s staring us in the face all day long.
Instead, relocate the candy you “bought for the trick or treaters” in cupboard that isn't somewhere you look when you are hungry (like the eye-level pantry shelf). Try storing it in the bottom drawer that sometimes get stuck when you try to open it; making things slightly less convenient helps deter mindless snacking.
2. Keep a reminder of your goals visible - Think of where you spend most of your time: at the office, in the car, at home, on facebook? Try changing the background photo on your phone to the beach you're vacationing to for Christmas, jot down a reaffirming note next to your computer at work, put a positive phrase on your fridge.
All of these can serve as a good reminder why it's probably not worth the indulgence, when you're really just bored of hearing your co-worker tell you the same story about how they "spent 5 hours last night making their kid's Frozen costume because every store was sold out of Elsa." Really think about how you want to feel after the Holiday and if eating it now will be something you regret on Monday.
3. Eat everything in moderation (or give yourself alternatives) - If you’re feeling deprived you likely will end up binging or eating more mini candy bars than you planned on. Instead, limit yourself to only a few treats that you really look forward to this time of year.
If you really can have just a few pieces, great! If you know that’s not an option for you, try treating yourself to something that feels like an indulgence, but that’s not candy.
My favorite healthy alternatives for this season are:
~ Chocolate Dipped Strawberries ~
Ingredients: 2 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, 12 strawberries
1. Microwave chocolate in a small bowl on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on Medium in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. Or place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.
2. Dip strawberries in the melted chocolate.
Per serving: 133 calories; 9 g fat (5 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrates; 13 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 3 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 37 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (25% daily value)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Do your best to stay on track, but one or two indulgences never hurt anyone. Enjoy yourself and have a Happy & Healthy Halloween!
Are there any healthy treats you like to make this time of year? I'd love to hear from you! If you'd like to set up a time to chat about how I can help you get on track with your nutrition and fitness goals, contact me anytime!
Best in Health,
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