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6 Healthy Halloween Treats Ideas

High angle shot of a plastic halloween pumpkin filled with candy on a white rustic wood table. Horizontal format with candy corn and jelly beans scattered on the surface.

When we think of Halloween, the first things that spring to mind are chocolate and candy. It’s important that you indulge yourself on these special occasions, but if you are in a weight loss process, do so moderately, as treats will quickly boost your caloric intake instead of maintaining your caloric deficit.

Don’t deprive yourself! This attitude can make you give in to the very cravings you want to avoid. You can treat yourself by opting for healthier treats!

 

Here are 6 ideas for healthy alternatives[1]:

1) Pumpkin seeds for some protein

  • Wash and dry the seeds of a pumpkin;
  • Drizzle with olive oil and add salt, to taste;
  • Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

2) Dried fruit for a sweet touch

Cranberries, pineapple, apricots, kiwis, bananas, strawberries, etc.: You can prepare them yourself or buy them at the store and ask your kids to help you fill small bags with their favourite fruits.

3) Homemade chocolate

Spread your favourite nuts on a baking sheet. Melt chocolate in a double boiler and pour it on top of the nuts. Then, freeze until the chocolate is set.

4) Pretzels vs. chips

Pretzels are an interesting alternative to chips, which are more popular, but contain more fat.

5) Cereal party mix

Mix both you and your kids’ favourite cereals to create a surprising mix that’s both nutritious and sweet.

6) Small chocolate bars

Big companies offers their chocolate bars in a small size. A fraction of the size, a fraction of the calories. It is a good compromise!

 

These ideas should help you spend Halloween without ruining your progress. Remember that the best way to treat yourself is by controlling the frequency and the quantity of sweets you eat.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Marie-Eve Nadeau P. Dt.

[1] Jobin, Nathalie. Des friandises santé pour l’Halloween. Online. http://www.coupdepouce.com/mamans/bebes-de-0-a-5-ans.

Author
Marie-Ève Nadeau, Dt.P.

Member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Marie-Eve joined the Nautilus Plus team in November 2012. Nutritionist since January 2013 and assistant manager at Delson’s centre, Marie-Eve has found a passion for exercise and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her studies with the International Olympic Committee and exercises regularly. She ran her first half-marathon in Ottawa in May 2014, and was thrilled by the experience! She strives to pass on her passion to her clients and loved ones. Her objective is to help her clients get the results they desire and motivate them to adopt a healthy life style. She creates weight loss support groups and holds conferences on motivation and how to plan shopping for groceries.


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