Treats for Halloween and Other Holidays
Halloween is just the kickoff to a season of sweet indulgences. The following tips can help keep you and your family on a healthy track.
Buy treats you do not like
The best Halloween candy for trick or treat are the treats you don’t like. If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it! Buy Halloween candy or holiday treats that do not usually appeal to you. If you prefer chocolate, buy gummy treats or sugar-based treats. If you like sugary sweets, purchase chocolate. You are less inclined to overindulge if what you have in the house does not tempt you.
Purchase treats on the day you need them
Buy treats the day you plan to eat or distribute them. If you are buying candy or goodies for a holiday or gathering, keep them in the house for as short a period of time as possible and give away the leftovers.
Consider some alternatives
Pretzels, crackers, granola bars, books, stickers, bouncy balls, toys, and crayons are great alternatives to candy. Kids are usually thrilled to get something unusual.
Set the ground rules
Come up with a philosophy for dealing with sweets and treats that everyone in the household agrees with. For example, “You can eat as much candy/dessert as you like today, and then we will donate the rest.” Another popular choice is to ration candy or desserts for a period of time. “You can have one piece of pie or one cookie each day for a week.” Make sure this philosophy goes equally for everyone in the house, parents too!
Keep healthy eating and living as a priority
Make sure you drink a good amount of water, exercise, and consume fruits and vegetables every day. You decide the role tempting treats will have in your family. Do not substitute treats for healthy snacks.
Make homemade treats
Homemade treats are the best bet. Choose holiday recipes that are low in fat and sugar and high in fruits and whole grains. Try reducing sugar and fat in recipes by replacing them with applesauce, apple juice concentrate, or flax meal.