As October comes to a close, we move into “holiday season.” For many of us, this means family gatherings, parties, candies, treats, and overeating. The festivities are in full swing today with kids putting on their favorite costumes and preparing to go trick-or-treating. Soon they will be back to the house with bags of candy full of sugar, preservatives, additives, and so on. Unless you have unbelievable willpower, you are likely to dip into the bag to “make sure the candy is safe” for the kiddos. No kids yet? Don’t be fooled; the temptations will surround you anyway.
So what can you do to keep the indulging to a minimum or at least make it healthier? Try out a few of our favorite strategies at New Earth.
- Focus on the spook. Bring a “dressed up” healthy dish. Try a Frankenstein veggie tray, Veggie Jack’o’Lantern or banana mummies.
- Ensure you get your nutrients. Load up on fruits and veggies throughout the day. It doesn’t hurt to throw in a pack of essentials and carry around some extra enzymes with you.
- Rethink the drink. Watch out for those hidden sugars lurking in your Halloween beverage. Skip the soda and try your favorite organic juice paired with a refreshing soda water. Need a recipe idea? Try this orange spritzer.
- Load those kiddos up with a healthy meal before venturing out for an evening of trick-or-treating. This will reduce their temptation to sneak a few pieces of candy before getting home.
- Keep it moving. Trick-or-treating is a great excuse to get some exercise. Opt out of driving and walk those kiddos around the neighborhood. You might be surprised at how many extra steps you get.
- Remove the temptation. There will likely be a giant bag of candy at your house before the evening is over. Let the kids pick out a handful of their favorite items and remove the rest. What you choose to do with the remainder of the candy is up to you. You can simply throw it away, place it in the freezer for occasional treats or try another method. Remember, out of sight out of mind.
- Skip the candy altogether. There is no rule saying you must hand out candy. There are plenty of nonedibles that kids love. You can try temporary tattoos, stickers, vampire teeth and so on.
- Go for natural. There are many healthy options for your candy basket out there. You can give out honey sticks, real fruit gummies, or clementines dressed like jack-o-lanterns to name a few.
- Skip the “candy” giving altogether. Take the family out to your local haunted house, corn maze, or movie theater for a fun night out.
Most importantly for all you party animals, trick-or-treaters, and treat givers: enjoy your evening, keep health in mind, be safe, and have fun with the family!
Recipe Feature: New Earth Energy Bites
These bite sized snacks are wonderful after a workout, when you need a quick bite to eat, or when you need a little something sweet. The recipe below will make about 12 bites.
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Raw Honey
- Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- Ground Flaxseed
- Chia Seed
- Edge “After” Capsules 1 pack, or your favorite New Earth product
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix.
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup oats
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1 tbs chia seed
- 1 pack Edge After Capsules
- Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the refrigerator and roll into bite-sized balls.
- Store in the refrigerator and eat as desired.