Halloween is just around the corner, and with Halloween come treats. Lots of treats. Bags and bowls of treats. Chocolate, gum, lollipops, chips, hard candies, gummy candies, and so on. And the treats taste so good. Well, except maybe candy corn.
It’s tempting to eat all our candy at once. But eating too much candy at once can make us feel ill, ruin our appetite, and suppress our immune system. It can also lead to sugar highs and subsequent crashes. Here are 4 tricks to not going overboard on your Halloween treats.
1. Eat whole foods
Eating whole foods like whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables has a couple of healthy benefits.
Because they are made with complex carbohydrates, they take longer to digest, forcing your body to convert them into the necessary glucose more slowly. This helps reduce sugar highs and crashes.
Also, the extra fibre in whole foods keeps you feeling full longer, which reduces how much you crave a snack. And when we crave a snack, we reach for something easy and satisfying, which is often candy this time of the year.
2. Choose healthy snacks
Speaking of snacks, stock up on healthy snacks that are quick and easy: like nuts or seeds, celery and carrot sticks, olives, cherry tomatoes, apple slices, orange wedges, or whole grain crackers. Making no fuss snacks that are easy to grab means you’ll be less tempted to go for sugary treats.
3. Eat sweets moderately
It’s okay to eat sweets, but do it in moderation. Don’t eat them all in a day or two. Restrict yourself to only a few treats each day. You won’t overwhelm your body; plus, they’ll last longer.
4. Don’t forget your vitamins
When we eat too many treats, we are less likely to keep a varied, wholesome diet, upsetting our nutrient intake levels. Don’t skip on your healthy eating, and supplement with a robust multinutrient formula like EMPowerplus Advanced (it has 36 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, specifically combined for optimum mental and physical well being).
What are your tricks for eating your treats wisely at Halloween? Share them in the comments below.