MOUNDS OF TEMPTING HALLOWEEN CANDY START APPEARING IN STORES IN AUGUST AND ARE STILL AROUND FOR CLEARANCE SALES AT THE START OF NOVEMBER.
The majority of these treats are made from nothing more than sugar and a host of artificial ingredients that pose potential risks to you and your kids. Make over your celebration with these tips that keep Halloween healthy!
1. RETHINK PARTY FOODS
If your house is the place to be for this years Halloween party, make sure that the food you serve isnt as spooky as the costumes. For kids, offer up fun treats like apple mouths or the traditional ants on a log.
Green smoothies make fun drinks if you give them titles like Monster Juice or Goblin Gulps. Fuel your adult guests with black bean pumpkin chili and healthy appetizers like homemade guacamole. Satisfy everyones craving for dessert with apples dipped in caramel sauce sweetened with dates instead of sugar.
Healthy candy alternatives dont always go over well with picky trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, many companies are now making traditional treats without processed sugars, artificial colors or fake flavorings.
A quick look online or at a natural foods store turns up such traditional kid and adult-friendly delights as gummy bears and lollipops that get their taste and appearance from fruit and vegetable extracts. Skip any candy that contains questionable ingredients or things that you cant pronounce.
3. BE MODERATE
Even if your house is a haven of Halloween health, your kids are likely going to bring home trick-or-treat bags loaded with mass-market candy.
Limit your kidsto one or two small pieces of candy per day. Store the bag somewhere that makes it difficult to get at so that youre not tempted to sample the treats yourself.
WHAT IF YOU SLIP UP?
It’s not the end of the world! A little candy on Halloween (or even the week after) isn’t going to instantly add ten pounds to your body, especially if you are continuingto work out! If you’re really worried about a “food baby” sitting in your belly, just use your V-Belt a little longer each day.
Putting these guidelines into practice lets you enjoy a Halloween celebration that doesnt derail your commitment to healthy habits. You can feel good about what your family is eating while still giving your kids a chance to indulge in a few of their favorite treats.