Haunted or Healthy

By Maria-Elena Damasiewicz

Halloween can be a scary time for many of our diets!

Here are some tips to practice during this spooky season:

  • Practice moderation. Those “fun-sized” candy bars aren’t so fun if eaten in large portions. Each one can contain anywhere between 60-80 calories per bar, and can contribute to weight gain if eaten excessively. This is a great way to practice moderation!
  • Pick the lesser of the evils. Not all candy is created equal. If you can help it, try to go for dark chocolate candy. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and has heart healthy benefits to it, but remember- it is still candy and should be eaten in smaller doses.
  • Focus on other aspects of the holiday. There is much more to Halloween than candy and treats. Enjoy non-food related activities such as decorating with your family, attending parties, costume contests, and games.
  • Skip the clearance candy sale. Although discount candy is very tempting, it’s not worth it! It may seem like a “good deal”, but you will save money and your waistline by skipping the clearance candy section.
  • Enjoy the fall season. There are so many fun activities to do in the fall, like pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and haunted hay rides. Don’t stress, embrace the beautiful crisp air and colorful leaves, enjoy a few pieces of your favorite candy, and have a Happy Halloween!