Halloween is just around the corner, which means candy season is in full swing. The end of year holiday season brings a lot of sweets and treats, probably more than you encounter during the rest of the year.
To help you be more mindful around sweet treats and sugar intake this time of year in order to nourish your body and feel your best, I wanted to share 3 simple strategies I come back to each year!
And stay tuned till the end for a Spooktacular Halloween Snack Platter that’s full of healthy snacks, but is still festive and fun!
3 ways to survive the Halloween candy rush
- Don’t start the party early.
Wait until the actual holiday to buy candy for your home. There’s no need to have it before then – unless you’re incredibly self-controlled and can trust that you won’t break open the bag before the trick-or-treaters arrive.
- On Halloween – eat the candy!
One day of indulgence is not going to destroy your health, make you gain weight, or ruin all your hard work. One day is one day – it matters more what we do the other 364 days of the year. So, enjoy a day of holiday treats…guilt-free!
- Give it away.
We all know what happens when we have bowls of leftover candy in the house, right? So, after the holiday, the best thing we can do to prevent forming a bad habit of late-night candy snacking is to get it out of the house. Donate the candy to a teacher to pass out in class or find a dental office that is hosting a give-back program.
Spooktacular Halloween Snack Platter
- 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
- ¼-½ cup gluten-free pretzel sticks
- ½ cup Halloween chips or blue corn chips (you can find fun Halloween chips at stores like Whole Foods and Target!)
- ½ cup Terra chips
- A mix of red and green grapes
- 1 sliced apple
- ½ cup hummus of choice
- 3 gluten or grain-free tortillas cut into spooky shapes (Siete brand is great and if you don’t have Halloween cookie cutters, simply cut into triangles)
- Coconut or avocado oil for cooking
- Start by adding the orange slices, pretzel sticks, Halloween chips, Terra chips, grapes, and apple slices to a platter.
- Add the hummus to a serving dish in the middle of the plate.
- Next, using cookie cutters, cut tortillas into Halloween shapes. Fry in coconut or avocado oil for 2-3 minutes or until crispy.
- Serve on the platter and dip in hummus.
- Enjoy as a fun Halloween snack that both kids and adults can enjoy!
If you have any tips for how you deal with the holiday candy rush or nourishing snacks you make this time of year, I’d love to hear in the comments!