Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company weighs in on how you and your family can achieve a healthier Halloween.
- Ditch the break room:C oworkers are infamous this time of year for bringing in treats to share during or even after the holiday (so they don’t eat them at home!). Don’t fall for those temptations of freebies and instead, try to encourage more walking trips during your break times. If you like to share, bring in some seasonal apples and heat up some almond butter with cinnamon for a nice dip.
- Procrastinate:If you are planning to give out candy on Halloween night, don’t by that candy until the day or two before the event. Rest assured, the grocery stores will have plenty leading up the day – you might even get it on sale – but it will also help you avoid eating or snacking on it yourself!
- Trick or treat with your kids: Halloween creates the opportunity to get exercise and more steps in! Make a goal of how many houses you’ll visit and make sure everyone is wearing comfortable, exercise shoes. Halloween might actually be one of the few holidays that encourages movement.
- Skip the fun-sized: Skip the fun-sized candy bars andchoose individual servings of trail mix made with nuts, raisins or dried fruit, pretzels, and a sprinkling of chocolate pieces for a protein-packed snack will help you nix the munchies without leaving you feeling deprived
- Check the ingredients:Life Time has just introduced a new app for your phone. The Healthy Pantry App helps spot artificial ingredients and common allergens in many packaged foods and beverages by simply scanning a food item’s barcode to see specific information about its ingredients. It’s as easy as red, yellow and green! Practice scanning Halloween treats with your kids to help them identify healthier Halloween options!
- Be a healthy party planner:Don’t use the excuse that Halloween gatherings take your focus off your Healthy Way of Eating. Take charge of your Halloween plans, and delegate who brings what dish. Volunteer to steer the menu options toward more whole foods and fewer processed carbohydrates. Plan on bringing one of the main dishes to ensure everyone (including you!) has a healthy, filling food option. If you don’t want the hassle of planning, bring your family to any Life Time location for Spooktacular- a healthy Halloween event. Kids of all ages will enjoy games and activities, a costume contest and more.
- Check out these healthy halloween snack alternatives in the blog post to swap out with those artificial Halloween snacks.