Halloween is almost here! And for most of us, that means bingeing on scary movies and all the halloween candy. But beware, there’s a lot of sugar and chemicals lurking in those nostalgic Halloween treats.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, artificial colorants (e.g. Red 40, Blue 1, and Yellow 5 and 6) found in foods like candy are known carcinogens that cause adverse reactions in children and adults, and can even lead to long term health risks like cancer.
And regarding sugar, the American Heart Association suggests women should have no more than 25 grams of added sugar a day, while men should have a maximum of 35 grams. Well with traditional Halloween candy containing a whopping 10-15 grams in a single fun-size piece, that’s half or more of your added sugar allowance gone in only one bite…yikes!
But fear not, there are still ways to enjoy Halloween festivities without being restrictive. It just takes a little creativity.
Your Yes Health coaches are all about moderation and balance. Here are some ways to enjoy this festive holiday, without totally derailing your healthy progress.
During the pandemic, a lot of households and neighborhoods have been setting up “honor system” trick-or-treat stations around their homes as part of their Halloween decor.
Not only does this minimize contact, but it eliminates the take-just-one rule, meaning most of your candy will probably be gone by the end of the night! Not to mention, you won't be tempted to munch in between visitors.
If you’re avoiding or limiting sugar for yourself and your family, most health food stores carry some good options. Here’s a few to look for:
*Coach note: these should still be eaten in moderation following serving guidelines on the label. Although these candies contain less sugar and chemicals than traditional candy, they contain added fiber that can cause discomfort in large amounts to some individuals.
Get your friends and family involved for a super fun Halloween activity! Below are some of our favorite, easy-to-make, and healthy halloween treats everyone will love.
Apple Monster Bites
Pair seasonal apple slices with your favorite nut butter filling and slivered almonds for the teeth! The healthy fat, protein, and fiber from the apples, nuts, and nut butter packs a nutritious punch.
This fun recipe only calls for 2 ingredients: bananas and chocolate chips!
Another two-ingredient recipe! All you need is a bag of clementines or mandarin oranges and a stalk of celery.
As much as we love our healthier sweet treats, we always try to pair fruits with protein and fiber to help keep blood sugar stable. Make sure to mix in some of the savory treats below for a Yes Health approved treat combo, or save the sweets as your dessert!
Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Peppers
These jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers make for a great Halloween dinner to kick off your feast! There are several variations of stuffing from spaghetti to taco bowls, but we really liked this protein and veggie-packed recipe from Super Sister Fitness.
Mummy Pizza Bread
Get the winning combo of protein and fiber with this mummy pizza bread recipe by Spark Recipes. Coach tip: use sprouted whole grain bread and part-skim cheese to get the most nutritional value while watching your calorie intake.
This “finger food” recipe by Heal n Cure is another easy one that uses less than 4 ingredients! Coach tip: use light string cheese and greek cream cheese for more protein and less fat.
We’d love to know which recipe is your favorite! If you want more healthy Halloween ideas, try Yes Health free for 14 days, and see what your health coach recommends for you.