Halloween! The time of year to dress up in costumes, attend parties, walk through the neighborhood trick-or-treating with kids and get spooked in haunted houses.
With all that fun, it can be hard to avoid sugary treats altogether, but it is possible to make smarter choices. Most Halloween candies are made with processed sugars and artificial preservatives that just don’t feel good on the body. A few pieces of candy won’t wreck your health, but don’t trick yourself into a candy binge.
Here's a few tips to keep it safe and healthy this Halloween:
1. Hand out alternative treats - Instead of a giant bowl of candy at your front door, consider stickers, tattoos, glow bracelets, or even coins.
2. Split up the candy - When the kids come home with the giant bag of tricks and treats, take half, mainly chocolate, and put it in the freezer. Everyone can choose 1 or 2 pieces of candy on Halloween night and then keep it to one piece each day after, maybe after lunch or dinner.
3. Search for the good stuff at the party - Lean towards the healthier options on the table such as a veggie tray, mixed nuts, dark chocolate or popcorn. The antioxidants in the cocoa along with the vitamins and protein in the nuts can balance out the empty calories from the sugar.
4. Take care of you and the family - Candy is a treat, but even when consumed in moderation, it can detrimental to your health. Do not make yourself sick over too much sugary stuff. Limit candy that is particularly high in sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients.