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Be Active and Choose Wisely This Halloween

posted Oct 24, 2014, 12:01 PM by   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 12:05 PM ]

Don’t let thoughts of being surrounded by candy haunt you! 

Be mindful of the choices you are making, enjoy a few of your seasonal favorites, and stay active this Halloween!


  • Be mindful of portions: This principle should be a life mantra, but even more so as we enter the holiday season.  Enjoy miniature-sized candies, and truly savory just one or two.  If it is not one of your absolute favorite treats, skip it!
  • Think outside of the candy bowl: Instead of candy, fill your bowl with clementines or individual bags of pretzels or trail mix.  To be extra festive, use a permanent pen to draw jack-o-lantern faces on the clementine peel. This is a great idea for trick-or-treaters or a fun treat for your coworkers. 
  • Party pleasers: If you're hosting an event, serve ghost boo-nanas (pictured above) instead of candy for a sweet treat.  All you need is bananas and chocolate chips (we recommend >60% cacao dark chocolate for an antioxidant boost). Peel the bananas and gently press 3 chocolate chips into the top to make a face (2 eyes and a mouth).  These adorable treats are packed with Potassium and fiber.  Also pictured above is another version of clementine pumpkins.  Just peel and add celery or green bell pepper to create a stem.  To add pizzazz to a vegetable platter, arrange carrots in the shape of a pumpkin and top with a bell pepper stem.  If you're feeling very creative, arrange a skeleton, ghost, or Frankenstein face with assorted vegetables. 
  • Make it physical:  Trick-or-treating with your kids counts as exercise!  Try wearing a pedometer or step counter to keep track of how far you walk while trick-or-treating.  After the kids have settled down from the excitement, talk with them about how many steps you took and why it is important to take extra steps on the days that you're enjoying treats.