Doorbells across America are about to start ringing! But for the health-conscious among us, there’s no need to be scared off by all sweets. Before digging into bags of sugary loot, check out this lineup of candies.
• Fuel up: Make sure the whole family (that means you, too, adults) has a healthy meal prior to trick-or-treating. Include lots of veggies, whole grains and lean protein for lasting fullness. The more satisfied you are, the less likely you will be to overindulge on the sweet stuff.
There’s no escaping sugar when it comes to a lollipop–but you can steer clear of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Just in time for Halloween, here’s how to make your own delicious suckers with natural flavorings.
It’s not just the ghouls and ghosts causing a scare on Halloween — how about the mountains of treats handed out to kids by friends and neighbors? Some treats are worse than others — these are the ones that I pick out of my kiddos’ candy stash when they’re not looking and toss them into the trash.
Depending on the brand, taffy has about 160 calories and 27 grams of sugar for about 5 pieces. The fact that my kids need to try VERY hard to bite into one tells me they shouldn’t be eating it. Read the ingredient list and you’ll find corn syrup, palm oil, hydrogenated oil and artificial colors. In one bite, your kid can eat at least 4 ingredients that many experts tell you to avoid.
Gum or chewy-candy filled lollipops may be exciting for kids but why on earth do they need a 2-in-1 treat? The only thing they’ll be getting more of is sugar!
Can you ever make enough deviled eggs? Not when you’re talking about this Guacamole Goblin Deviled Eggs recipe. It’s perfect to get you and your family in the Halloween spirit. This versatile recipe can be served year-round; however, the guacamole lends a fun and spooky green surprise this time of the year. This snack gets its protein from avocado and eggs along with a nice dose of fiber from the ground flax seeds. Nutrient-rich avocado adds a creamy touch and diced apple gives these bite-sized eggs a nice crunch. Try serving these deviled egg treats as an appetizer before the kids head out to trick-or-treat.
As a registered dietitian, my philosophy is to embrace holidays like Halloween without going overboard. This means allowing my children to go trick-or-treating and indulge in SOME treats. I’m not the only nutrition expert with this philosophy—I spoke to top experts around the country who weighed in on their favorite Halloween treats.
Ding Dong at the Dietitian’s House
Nutrition consultant Alexandra Oppenheimer, MS, RD claims “It’s not all apples and raisins at my house; I do give out candy but purchase ones that have some redeeming qualities. When picking out my Halloween offerings, I choose chocolates with nuts like peanuts or almonds and skip the sugary caramel. I choose chocolates (and lean towards the darker varieties) because of the potential heart-health benefits and antioxidants. In addition, they also provide fiber, protein and calcium. For these reasons, I prefer passing out chocolates versus candies made completely out of sugar with little to no other nutrients. Although plain chocolates and those with nuts do contribute nutrients, it’s important to remember they are still a treat and should be eaten in moderation.”
This is the dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan curry soup you’ve been dreaming of. A blend of coconut milk, tender white beans and silky pumpkin makes a creamy substitute for the butter or yogurt that is usually added to creamy soups. The topping of fresh cilantro adds a mildly sweet touch and pulls everything together. This soup is perfect to serve alongside a sandwich or enjoy alone for a light meal.
Depending on the ingredients, basic buttery and sugary popcorn balls can have anywhere from 200 to 400-plus calories. The numbers only go up from there with the addition of nuts, candy and caramel. Treat trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers to this homemade version — with a fraction of the calories — instead.
We can’t help you fend off goblins, ghosts, witches and werewolves, but we can help you avoid scary stuff like excess sugar, too many processed treats and smile-spoiling candies. Before you hit the streets to trick-or-treat, read up on the sneaky ways you can resist overindulging this year. Plus, some make-at-home sweets that will keep you from raiding the candy aisle, especially once the prices get marked down tomorrow.
Tricks for Enjoying Your Treats
Instead of: King size candy bar
Choose: Mini “fun size” bar
The Payoff: An average savings of 475 calories and more than 20 grams of fat