It’s Halloween season, and I have good news for you – you can indulge in candies and treats and still stay mindful of your health.
By incorporating these simple tips into your celebrations, you and the kids can have a fantastic holiday without compromising your health goals.
Halloween originated as a “chemical free” time to celebrate the change of seasons with carnivals, apple-bobs, spooks, barn dances, and costume balls.
Halloween was never intended to be a marketing plethora of junk food and super-sized bags of candy and sweets that overload you and the kids with sugar and sugar-free chemicals.
This is Halloween today in the USA.
The stores up-sell candies, your neighbors could be handing out sugar-free candy and gum, thinking sugar-free is a better choice, and adult costume parties offer lots of adult beverages.
Whew – the day after all that sugar and alcohol leaves both you and the kids with a Halloween hangover.
Here are some ways to restore healthy Halloween fun:
- swap out traditional Halloween sweets with healthier alternatives like dark chocolate or fruit-based snacks.;
- close off your street and have a “street party” instead of trick or treating door to door or going to a late-night party;
- remember that moderation is important – after Halloween is over, limit your sweets to a couple of small pieces of candy per day;
- celebrate Halloween at the pumpkin patch;
- replace candy and party treats with baked goods, fresh veggies, and healthy snacks;
- switch the emphasis from candy and sugar to the Foods for Fall – nuts, berries, pumpkins, pumpkin pies, muffins, and pumpkin breads, cranberries (muffins and breads), non-GMO corn on the cob, and apples;
- drink plenty of water throughout the day and during your party – stay hydrated;
- prevent overeating by eating slowly and intentionally.
Look how easy it is to spin this into a healthy celebration!
The Morning After
I always recommend detoxing before and after a holiday celebration. Check out my 10-Steps To Detoxification detox program that you can download for free off my website.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night before and after parties, and stay physically active to help balance those extra calories from the sweet treats and alcohol.
Peanut Butter & Green Apple Donuts
This is a recipe that I have enjoyed over the years from the Carlson Company. It serves 10, and believe me, those will be gone quickly, so make 20.
440 mg of Omega-3s per Serving
- 1 cup of smooth peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. of Carlson Cod Liver Oil, green apple (adults and kids)
- 2 Tbsp. of honey
- 2 large green apples
- Assorted toppings: chopped nuts, shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, or sprinkles
- Combine peanut butter, Carlson Cod Liver Oil, green apple; and honey in a small bowl. Stir until completely blended.
- Core apples, then cut them crosswise into donut-size rings about 1/3 thick.
- Spread a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter mixture on each apple ring.
- Sprinkle apple rings with assorted toppings.
Happy Halloween and have a fun-old-fashioned celebration like it used to be …
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