Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season (Halloween Edition)

We are coming up on that time of year full of holiday fun and FOOD!  It is totally fine to indulge a little throughout the holidays (I mean what fun would it be if you didn't); but you don't need to go all willy nilly and toss aside all your healthy habits until January. We are coming up on Halloween, so here are 5 tips for keeping your Halloween a tad-bit healthier!

Tip #1: Don't Buy It!
Can't keep Halloween candy in the house without breaking into the bag? Don't buy it until it is very close to the 31st. Also, try buying candies/treats that you don't like. I mean if you buy some candy corn and hate it; chances are your not going to be found snacking on it. If you do buy candy you like, get the miniature sized ones.

Tip #2: Hide It!
If you come home hungry and the first thing you see is that bowl of Halloween candy, do you really think you can bypass that for veggies. I think not. Don't even tempt yourself. Put extra candy away in cabinets, behind other food items. Give yourself a barrier!

Tip #3: Don't Leave on an Empty Stomach!
Whether you are going to a Halloween party or out trick-or-treating with the kids, eat something before hand! If you go out on an empty stomach, your making it that much harder to choose healthy options. Have some veggies and hummus, apple and peanut butter, or a Greek yogurt with chopped nuts. Basically, you are trying to balance what you eat with a little protein, carbohydrates (fiber), and a vegetable.

Tip #4: Drink Water!
Apple cider, mixed drinks, pumpkin beers, etc. All of these holiday drinks tend to be loaded with empty calories and tons of sugar.  Swap in 1 glass of water between drinks. Or try an unsweetened mixer instead of a sweetened one. Go for a lighter cider. Ha that rhymed :) Now, I'm not saying that you can't have them, but be sensible about it.

Tip #5: Keep Moving!
Did you have a large dinner? Did you overindulge in Halloween candy? Drink too much at a party? Instead of sitting around thinking about it, do something about it. Get out there and move. You can take a walk, go to the gym, do a workout video, etc. Not only will you be burning calories and getting your metabolism going, but also improving your mood and energy level.

Hope you found a tip in here that will help you as the holiday season gets rolling!