How to Enjoy a Healthy Halloween

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Halloween is this coming Monday and our kids are anxiously awaiting the mountain of candy that they’ll pour out onto the living room floor after a successful trip (or two) around the neighborhood during trick-or-treating!

If you’re trying to lose weight or keep pounds off during the holiday season, Halloween can be filled with scary temptations that can add pounds frighteningly fast if you’re not paying attention!

In this Jokari blog, we’re offering three helpful tips to help you enjoy a healthy Halloween!

Fuel up before trick-or-treating

It’s a chilly October night and what’s more comforting than unwrapping a delicious melt-in-your-mouth candy bar? Though we do love to indulge every now and again, Halloween is a holiday that’s filled with excess calories, sugar and fat! So, rather than leaving your house on an empty stomach before the night’s festivities, make sure to enjoy a healthy meal that will leave you feeling satiated and less tempted to eat candy along the way.

Be mindful

Though we’ll be surrounded with sugary goodness for the next few weeks, this doesn’t mean that you have to take it upon yourself to eat your way through the Halloween candy bowl!

Because you aren’t eating candy for its nutritional benefits, be mindful of what you’re consuming and why. We’re not telling you to put a padlock on the candy stash, but what we are saying is that if you choose to indulge in a treat, take the time to really enjoy the taste. Also, choose the candy that you actually want, not the one that you think you should have because it’s the lesser of the two evils. If you deny yourself that treat you’ve been craving and opt for one that you really don’t want, you’ll be more likely to keep eating to fill that void.

Keep it out of sight and out of mind

Your kids don’t have to be penalized because you’re trying to cut calories. Rather than getting rid of their candy stash, simply put it in a cabinet or a place where you can’t visibly see it all of the time. Another way to limit the over-consumption of Halloween candy is by portioning it out into small baggies for special occasions or trying to pair it with something healthy. If your kids want a piece of candy, they’ll also have to enjoy a healthy snack to go along with it. Finally, if you’re a holiday baker, save some of that Halloween candy for your holiday baking efforts!

So, before you head out on your trick-or-treating trek, keep these three helpful tips in mind to enjoy a healthy Halloween!

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