Best 2 Tips On How To Have A Healthy Halloween

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Healthiest halloween candy and portion sizes

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 2 of my best tips on how to have a healthy halloween, including healthier halloween candy options, and limiting portion sizes.

Halloween is almost here.

As a kid, Halloween used to be one of my favorite days of the year.

But now that I’m in the fitness industry, it’s obviously not my favorite anymore.

I don’t know who created halloween, but I guarantee they didn’t have health, at the forefront of their thinking.

Does that mean I hate halloween?

No it doesn’t, because I teach people how to Live Lean.

One day of eating a lot of sugar is not going to make you fat.

In other words, when you’re living a healthy lifestyle, it is not going to be ruined by one unhealthy day of the year.

why sugar makes us fat

It’s the compounding, of continuously eating sugar over and over again, that will make you fat.

Living Lean is a long-term process, not a short-term race.

So before I share my best healthy halloween tips, here’s a spooky halloween workout to help burn off that halloween candy.

how to have a healthy halloween

When it comes to halloween, so many of you have asked me:

  • What are the healthiest halloween candy treats to give out to kids?
  • How much halloween candy should I give to each kid?

So on this Halloween edition of Food Wars, I’m sharing 2 of my best tips on how to have a healthy halloween.

How To Have A Healthy Halloween

Since I’m currently living in a building with young professionals, I probably won’t have any trick-or-treaters, since there aren’t many kids here.

However, here’s what I would do if I had kids, and was giving out candy to other trick or treaters.

Just give out candy.

Don’t overthink this.

2 healthiest halloween candy treats

If there were two halloween treats that I would recommend from a health standpoint, it would:

#1. Nuts:

Your Ultimate Guide To Nuts

#2. Dark chocolate

How to Eat Chocolate and Lose Weight [Best Dark Chocolate Benefits]

  • Dark chocolate: 70%+ cacao

If you place a mini dark chocolate bar in the kids halloween bag, they’re not going to know it’s dark chocolate.

When the kids get home and take a bite of dark chocolate, 94% of them probably will not like it, since it’s not as sugary as milk chocolate.

However, lets be real.

These kids won’t remember that you were the house that gave them dark chocolate.

Plus, as a parent, if you see dark chocolate in your kids halloween candy stash, take it for yourself.

It’s a win win

I know this may sound a little sketchy, but it creates a win win.

This means your kids will have one less piece of candy to eat and you’re getting a healthy treat.

Dark chocolate that contains 70% cacao or higher can be a healthy source of antioxidants.

Also, by removing the dark chocolate, it helps reduce the portion size of your kid’s candy stash.

This brings me to the second topic that I want to cover, portion size.

Healthy halloween candy portion sizes

When I was a kid, I remember coming home after trick or treating with a garbage bag full of halloween candy.

I’d then dump out all the halloween candy on the floor, and organize it into piles of candy bars, potato chips, licorice, and other candy.

So when your kid comes home, sit down with them and make a deal.

Depending on how old your kid is, make a deal with them on how much candy they can eat in a day, then create a deadline date when the candy consumption stops.

For example, make a deal with your kid that they can have 2 or 3 pieces of candy a day, up until a set deadline date.

After that deadline, the candy is cut off.

For example, since Halloween is on October 31, you could agree that by November 10th, all the halloween candy is gone.


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Bottom line on how to have a healthy halloween

Sure you can make healthier chooses regarding the candy you give out, but what’s more important is how to handle all the candy that your kids bring in.

Think about limiting the amount of halloween candy your kids eat.

If you’re looking to create a healthier halloween for you and your kids, think about limiting the amount of halloween candy your kids eat.

In other words, reduce the portion sizes of halloween candy, rather than obsessing over the type of halloween to give out.

The biggest take away is for you to focus on limiting the portion sizes of halloween candy.

No matter how hard you try to shelter your kids from eating candy, it’s inevitable that they will eventually eat it.

My halloween plans

For halloween, I’m actually traveling to a huge Mardi Gras street party in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

If you don’t know where St. John’s, Newfoundland is, it’s on the east coast of Atlantic Canada.

I’m going for a bachelor party, and we are dressing up as 70’s golfers.

So it should be fun.

My favorite candy has always been Skor bars.

Protein Ice Cream

You could have probably figured that out since I love Dairy Queen Skor blizzards.

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See you then.

Questions For You:

  • What are you and your kids dressing up as for halloween?
  • What is your favorite halloween treat?

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