Halloween is almost here. Costumes, trick-or-treaters and free candy galore! What’s not to love, right?!? Well, that constant bombardment of chocolate and goodies may not be a good thing for those of us trying to avoid added sugars or sticking to some nutrition or athletic goals. Don’t let the abundance of sweets spook you off your dietary choices. Approach these festivities armed with tactics to fend off the Halloween candy coma.
Think before you chew: Consider more than just the calories & fat per serving! Amount of sugar is an important consideration as this could impact your blood sugars leaving you to crave more after just one. Also ask your, can I stop myself after just one serving? One Swedish Fish package is lower in calories compared to others, leading many to believe they can have more. Before you know it you have 3 packages and you have consumed more than the Reese’s cup you actually wanted. Pick wisely and remember to enjoy Halloween! Remember, health is about finding a balance and sometimes that balance includes candies, the trick is to find that balance in your overall lifestyle choices. The treat is obviously the chocolate! Happy Halloween!
Alysha Coughler, RD, MHsC, PTS
Sports Dietitian with Evolved Sport and Nutrition
Complete Lifestyle Management