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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trick or Treats?

So Halloween is coming up and I know everyone is salivating at the thought of digging into some serious sweets without packing on the unwanted pounds. Can this possibly happen? The answer is YES! You can still enjoy Halloween while also enjoying your waistline. Here are some helpful tips to a healthier Halloween.

Tips to prepare for Halloween night:
 Set a healthy example for your family. Halloween is only one day so if you are going to treat yourself, make sure you’ve already had a healthy meal and have been drinking plenty of water so you don’t fill up on sweets

 Put the candy and snacks out of sight until Halloween day. Preparing for Halloween night doesn’t mean you have to partake prior to the day. Use it as a reward for working hard all week.

 Having a party? Set a healthier menu. You could carve out pumpkins and place healthy dips in them such as hummus or salsa or offer seasonal fruits instead of sugar-loaded candy

 Workout the morning of Halloween or get a good workout in by taking your kids trick or treating on a challenging neighborhood route (hills). Don’t have kids? Offer to babysit or grab some friends and walk the neighborhood for some good physical activity

 Focus on creative ideas instead of candy to pass out at the door. Some ideas are sugar free candy, granola bites, temporary tattoos, toys, false teeth, etc. The possibilities are endless. *

 Sort through the candy, tossing out the definite no-no’s.

Consider the following candy swaps when indulging on Halloween night.
1. Fun size bars: Instead of Butterfinger (100 cals) eat 3 Musketeers (63 cals)
2. Fruity candy: Instead of Air Heads (3 at 140 cals) eat Dum Dum Pops (3 at 77 cals)
3. Miniature candy bar: Instead of Twix bar (3 at 150 cals) eat Tootsie rolls (3 at 70 cals)
4. Chewy candy: Instead of Milk Maid Caramels (4 at 160 cals) eat Now and Later (4 at 53 cals)

Try these healthy recipes for Halloween Night:
Baked Pumpkin Seeds
Instead of throwing away the seeds after carving your pumpkins, bake them for a healthy treat!

Clean and separate the pumpkin seeds. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ. Put the seeds on baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes, take them out and stir the seeds. Bake again for another 10 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool and they are ready to eat! You can experiment by adding different spices to them once cooled.

Orange Jack-o-lanterns
Make your own Jack-o-lanterns the healthy way. All you need are oranges, fruit cocktail, and a sharpie!

Cut the tops off the oranges as if you were carving a pumpkin. Scoop out the orange, being careful not to rip the peel. Add the orange to the fruit cup and mix. Using the sharpie, decorate the orange and set aside to dry. Scoop the fruit mixture into the oranges and chill for an hour before serving.

*Healthy snacks to pass out at the door:
Sugar-free candy or gum, rice krispy treats, granola bars, homemade trail mix, small bag of pretzels, nuts, raisins, popcorn, or cereal, graham crackers/ginger snaps/vanilla wafers, stickers, toys, false teeth, temporary tattoos, tiny card deck/games, yo-yo’s

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