Halloween is slowly creeping up on us, and that means the inevitable ‘trick or treaters’ along with the temptation for everyone to over-indulge in sweets and chocolate. Seemingly every supermarket and shop that you walk into in the month of October is packed with sweet treats and Halloween themed goodies, and although they look delightful, are certain to be packed with unhealthy sugars and fats.
While we all like a sweet treat here and there, it is important not to over-indulge over Halloween and in particular, enabling healthier choices even at this time of year can help set good examples and create good habits for your kids if they are trick or treating this Halloween. Replacing the commercially branded, unhealthy products for an improved alternative reduces the temptation and the impact of devouring a whole packet of snacks – we’ve all done it.
Anyway here are some tips, and tricks on how to make Halloween healthy.
Replace regular chocolate for raw chocolate. Raw chocolate is generally vegan, dairy and gluten free and because the beans are roasted at a lower temperature, the cocoa retains more of its health benefits – such as improved mood and vitamin content.
Throw out the cakes and bars. These can be some of the worst offenders for sugar and saturated fats and are a supermarket Halloween favourite – meaning they are readily available. We recommend investing in some healthier bars such as Nak’d. They make cake flavoured bars that are both healthy and delicious. Their flavours include; cocoa, Bakewell tart, carrot cake, and lemon drizzle – to name but a few – so your cake fix is more than covered with these bars.
Watch what you drink. Halloween means parties – and that means the prevalence of high sugar drinks and of course (for the adults) some alcohol. For the kids, cutting out sugar and replacing Coke, Fanta etc – with options like Cawston and Dalston soft drinks will cut the amount of sugar they are drinking by around 90%. For adults, using lower sugar alternatives as ‘mixers’ will always help – and drinking products such as Nix & Kix instead of your standard energy drink will reduce sugar and caffeine intake – all good for you.
Cut the crisps. Crisps and other savoury snacks are high in carbohydrate, salt, and saturated fat. Companies such as EatReal offer an incredible range of flavours, but their crisps are significantly healthier. Instead of being made from potato they are inventively made from lentils, hummus, and quinoa, and certainly, do not compromise on taste. They also do large sharing bags for all those Halloween parties 😉.
Thanks for reading our top tips to stay healthy and encourage healthier habits over Halloween, stay safe and enjoy your snacks.
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