It’s that time of year again…. Candy time! With Halloween approaching, everywhere you look there are sinful treats to be had. A plethora of delicious, colourful, bite-sized diet disrupters! These days, most “tricks” have been dropped from today’s Halloween celebrations and all we’re left with is a lot of high-sugar, high-fat goodies. If you love the season, but are worried about what that sugar buzz can do to your healthy diet, consider these alternatives.
Try snacking on individual packets of dried fruit, raisins, or nuts. These options will still provide you with that sugary taste or salty crunch you crave, while also still being good for you.
Have almond-butter or cheese with whole-grain crackers. These snacks are a great way to get that carbohydrate satisfaction you’re after, and in pairing the carbs with some protein or fats, it helps balance out the damage.
Fruit juice boxes may seem like they’re for little kids. However, for you healthy adults wanting a sweet beverage, they’re always a better choice than a can of soda. Go for a brand made from 100% juice, not from concentrate, if you can.
Who doesn’t love bubblegum? It reminds us of our playful, carefree days as kids. Choose a sugar-free kind, and you can blow all the bubbles you want, guilt free!
Granola bars and popcorn are a fun way to get that naughty craving for a crunchy snack taken care of. Granola bars are a great alternative to candy bars, and they come in a wide variety of flavors! Choose a bar that is as un-processed as possible, without all those additives like marshmallow bits and chocolate chips. Some good brands to check out are Kashi, Nature Valley, and Nature’s Path. If popcorn is your snack of choice, make sure it’s air-popped, or pick a variety of microwave popcorn that’s trans-fat free, comes in a smaller, single-serving bag, and advertises being low calorie. Keep it light on the butter, if you can!
Lastly, if your sweet tooth gets the best of you and you do end up indulging in some sinful candy, just set reasonable limits. Have a couple instead of a handful. And set a time limit on how long the leftover trick-or-treating candy stays around. For example, any leftovers get thrown away after 5 days. This will get you back on your healthy schedule as soon as possible, and remove the temptations from your house.
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