Halloween is today!! It can be a scary time…….a scary food time. My former fat girl self needs to practice a lot of restraint walking up and down the isles that are lined with candy. Not to mention when it comes to inspecting my children’s candy when they get home ;(
Here are a few tips that help me and my family make our way thru this scary calorie time.
1.) “Fun” size candy is not food and those little bars of sugar add up–so if you think one or two wont hurt–they will!
Take a look at these numbers:
Calories Fat(g) Sugar(g)
Snickers – Calories 72 Fat(g) 4 Sugar (g) 7
Reese’s PB Cup – Calories 80 Fat(g) 4.5 Sugar (g) 7
Milky Way – Calories 76 Fat(g) 3 Sugar (g) 11
M&M’s – Calories 79 Fat(g) 4 Sugar (g) 12
KitKat – Calories 73 Fat(g) 4 Sugar (g) 7
That’s a lot of sugar in a one bite snack. Too much fat for one mouthful and a lot of empty calories that do you no good! And those are the numbers for just one little tiny bite, and stop lying when you say you will just have one!!
Think about this:
-2 “fun sized” chocolate bars will require a brisk walk for 50 minutes: Just for 2!
-20 pieces of candy corn will require you to run the stairs for 25 minutes! Is it worth it??
-3 “fun sized” chocolate bars? You will have to jog for 30 minutes!
2.) Those pumpkin seeds!!! Clean,rinse and dry them. Toss them with 1 tbsp extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil and mix with a sprinkle of sea salt or cinnamon (get creative–any spice/seasoning will do) and put them in a tray in the oven bake at 350 for 20mins. Delicious and good for you.
3.) Don’t give out candy at all. The less that is around you, the less you will be tempted. Give out stickers, pencils, spider rings, glow sticks. There are a lot of options other than candy! (Just watch out for the eggs for being “those people”.)
4.) Pack up the candy and find an organization to you can donate it to. There are agencies that take candy and ship it to soldiers overseas. There are also some dentists that buy the candy from you. Great options!!
5.) This is a learning/teaching experience for your kids—read this one carefully: THEY DO NOT NEED BAGS OF CANDY! Do you want them to battle their weight when they are older? Do you really want to deal with kids that are spinning out on sugar??? Here is another message. Please be nice to your kids teachers. Teachers do not need kids that have lunch boxes filled with Halloween candy who are spinning out of control all day.
Make this Halloween different.
Please do not hang on to this candy for months—you or your family do not need it. We have “Harry the Halloween Fairy” that comes in and steals candy after 3 days (which gets rationed while the kids have it.) Then…off to the soldiers.
Healthy Halloween Recipes:
Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
1/2c rolled outs
1 cup water
1/4-1/2c pumpkin puree
2 tbsp of non fat cottage cheese or greek yogurt
1/4 tsp baking powder
dash of sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
-preheat over to 350
-combine all ingredients in an oven proof bowl-mix thoroughly
-bake for 30min
- Pumpkin is low in fat and calories and contains anti-aging alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs).
- Cinnamon keeps your hunger at bay by stabilizing fluctuating blood sugar levels.
- Nonfat cottage cheese/greek yogurt has 14-18 grams of protein in a half cup serving.
- Oats soluble fiber and keep your heart healthy
Mint Monster Protein Shake
1 scoop of chocolate or vanilla boot camp protein powder
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp mint extract
1 handful of kale or spinach–makes it uber healthy and green!!!!
3-4 ice cubes (optional)
Mix, blend and enjoy