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Happy & Healthy Halloween: Tricks & Treats!

Halloween is here again! That’s fun right? Dress up the little ones, cruise around the neighborhood and say hi to the neighbors. Or on the flip side, jump into your sexy school girl, flight attendant, nurse outfit and hit the party scene. It’s the one time of the year you can actually get away with booty shorts, high-heals, feathers and overdone makeup. Halloween can be fun for everyone – right? It can also be toxic!

I love a holiday and I love dressing up! I’m actually hosting a small halloween party again this year, so be sure you check out my Instagram for some fun Trick or Treat picture updates! Here are a few tips to easy the caloric burden of this potentially toxic holiday….a few Tricks for the parents and some Treats for those of you hitting up the party scene in your teeny-tiney outfits.

Tricks: To avoid the sugar rush…and crash!

I’m all about “skinny” tricks you can use to change old not-so-good habits into better ones. These little tricks are easy to put into place, still fun for your kids and will let you have tons of fun trick-or-treating!

Make Trick-or-Treating a workout

Put on your walking shoes and make the stroll around the neighborhood a power packed workout for you and the kids. Sprint from house to house, alternate push-ups, sit-ups and burpees at each corner. Make it fun. Build fun fitness habits from the beginning. My guess is it takes 15 burpees to burn off one snack size candy bar…so keep that in mind.

Give it away!

Ha! Says the girl who has never tried pulling a pillow case of candy away from a 7 year old. But try sharing the bigger picture. Let them pick out their favorites and have 1-2 a day for the next few days. I’m mean they did hoof it all over the neighborhood to collect those treats, they should get to enjoy some. Then give the rest away to a local shelter and let your little one feel good about sharing their loot.

Do The Math …

When I say do the math, this is for your benefit. If the candy is around the house, you also have access to it. Knowing that the average snack sized bity candy bar has 30-50 calories, and that you burn roughly 150 calories on a 30 minute walk…how much time is that candy worth? If you knock back maybe 3 per day for the next week…you’re literally looking at 6 hours on your feet to avoid gaining weight. Yikes!

Who says you have to pass out candy?

And you don’t have to be the crazy healthy house that passes out apples or raisins that get grumbles and groans from disappointed sugar-addicted adolescents. How about goofy little toys? Head over to party city and stock up on party favors like plastic spiders, maze games, bouncy balls. Anything that is fun and won’t add to the adolescent obesity epidemic we’re dealing with these days.

Serve up Clean & Colorful Treats instead of nasty processed Tricks!

In light of just having completed my Holistic Nutrition Certification, I simply can’t bring myself to buy any junky, crappy, sugar filled, health degrading food and serving it at my house. Delicious cocktails are my one exception to the rule, see below! So I’ll be serving up my Vegan Sweet Potato Chili, Fresh Corn Bread, Fruit Kabobs and my most favorite PB&J Unprocessed cooking bites right out of the new Clean & Colorful Recipe guide!

Treat: Try this tasty cocktail for satisfaction!

Now you should all know my platform here is about balance and definitely enjoying treats! I got into this because of my love for SkinnyTinis, low calorie cocktails that offered all the fun but half the calories. You may have seen my DIY Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Latte Recipe I made a few weeks ago. Now why not add some vodka and shake it into a cocktail? There’s an idea! It’s actually a combination of two other SkinnyTinis I’ve also loved in the past.

skinny spiced pumpkin latte martini

Spiced Pumpkin Latte SkinnyTini 

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz Strongly Brewed Coffee
  • 1 oz Light Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 oz Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste

Directions: 

  1. Brew the coffee with at least 2x grinds as normal and cool thoroughly before adding it to the mix.
  2. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake like heck until it’s all mixed up.
  3. Strain into martini glass, dust with Pumpkin Pie Spice and serve!

It will taste like desert, but have only about 150 calories. That’s less than a few snack sized candy bars and it’s a cocktail! I have a general rule of thumb when it comes to drinking and I say “if you can’t see through it, don’t drink it” because it’s going to have at least 400 calories. But SkinnyTinis are the exception. They are lower in sugar and fatty cream, which is not only nice for your waistline, its also nice for your hangover 🙂

I hope you find these helpful, now go get ready to enjoy your healthiest and happiest Halloween yet!

Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

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