Trick or Treat!
The famous words we all think about during the Halloween season. But how do Imanage the balance between enjoying the TREATS of Halloween season and maintaining our healthy eating habits? We all know we can’t totally avoid sweets during the Halloween season so here are some helpful tips and tricks I have come up with to help you pick your Halloween treat! Of course, candy is candy and I’m not advising a diet of all Snickers and Skittles, but we are all human; gummy treats and chocolate nougat call to us all.
Gummies and Goodies
In general gummy candy is hard on your teeth, so if you need a gummy, fruity candy make sure to brush your teeth after. Fruit candy is lower in fat (or fat free) than the chocolate or caramel options so if fat content is what you are watching go for the fruity choices. If you’re craving something fruity go for Twizzlers, or lollipops.
If you are a recovering chocoholic, like me, and you just need that brief reminder of just how much you miss that chocolate goodness; remember it’s all about the portion control. Chocolate is high in calories, so know how much you are eating. While I don’t suggest purchasing a jumbo size bag of the mini chocolate bars for yourself, they can help you control your portions. Eating two mini bars doesn’t equal a full size candy bar; so you can indulge and monitor your portion control at the same time. If you can, opt for a chocolate treat with raisins or nuts (preferably almonds) to get some nutrition in.
Maintain Your Workout Routine
Too busy to make it to the gym during this hectic time of year? Make sure you create some time for you to be active, even if it is short or unconventional. We are lucky to live here in San Diego, our weather is often perfect for late afternoon walks or bike rides with your kids. It is also the perfect way to burn off that extra sugar high that hits kids this time of year. Don’t be afraid to get your kids involved in your healthy choices. Some good ways to get exercise in the midst of Halloween is to walk the block while your kids are out trick-or-treating. A good workout can offset a small sweet tooth so don’t forget to keep to your exercise routine during this hectic, food-filled holiday season.
You need and deserve a treat now and then, so remember not to punish yourself over a Kit-Kat. Just know what you are eating and be conscious of the portions. Make sure you mix in a workout in that candy bag of yours. Most of all have fun and enjoy this time of year.
Signing off. Remember be Strong and don’t eat the whole bag of chocolates,
Assistant General Manager