Halloween can be a little dangerous for those who have a sweet tooth. But there is good news! You can still enjoy some candy, but aim to focus more on the fun! Here are some tricks to get you through this Halloween without eating all the candy!
Some tips for controlling sugar cravings are:
1. Avoid buying candy until the day of Halloween so you aren't tempted all month to snack on the candy in your cabinet.
2. Enjoy some of your favorite pieces but limit yourself to 1 a day and make sure to pair it with some sort of protein to help level out your blood sugar levels. Example: Eat a piece of candy with your lunch or dinner or if you are having it as a snack, have some m&ms with a small apple and 1 Tbsp peanut butter.
3. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, legumes and other complex carbs to satisfy your cravings and keep serotonin levels high.
4. Eat about every 3 hours throughout the day so your blood sugar levels don't drop. This helps you remain in control of your hunger and cravings.
5. Get your activity in (aim for at least 30 minutes of activity each day). Going on a family walk is usually a good and fun option!
Instead of candy this year, maybe you could hand out all-natural fruit chews, gum, snack-sized packs of pretzels, popcorn, rice crispy treats, apple chips, trail mix, seeds, dried fruits or mini toys. If you really want to have or hand out candy, opt for plain dark chocolate pieces, Unreal peanut butter cups, Wholesome or Yumearth jelly beans, gummies or lollipops.
Here are some fun Halloween night dinner recipes for Zombie Brains, Bloody Eyeballs and Dirt Cups. They are all gluten-free, dairy-free and will fill you up with fuel for a fun night of trick-or-treating!
Spaghetti Squash Pizza (Zombie Brains)
Prep/Total Time: 1 hour 20 min
Meatballs (Bloody Eyeballs)
Prep/Total Time: 35 min
Chocolate Pudding (Dirt Cups)
Prep/Total Time: 5 min
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