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If you have children, or live in a lively area, it’s very likely that there will be a number of ghouls and ghosts knocking at your door in the quest of sugar, spice and all things nice. With a treat box sitting beside the front door it may be difficult to resist the tempting treats that are laid on for the trick or treaters, but don’t despair, there are a number of ways to avoid piling on the pounds around this food focused time of year. If you have children who desperately want to head out into the night on the quest for trick or treat booty, why not go with them? It’s a great way for the whole family to get some fresh air and enjoy feeling like a kid again, whilst also burning some calories. Depending on your weight, you could burn anywhere from 105 calories upwards for 30 minutes of walking. If you don’t feel like following them on foot, why not dust off the bikes and go with them on wheels. That way you will be burning the calories instead of consuming them, whilst keeping an eye on the children. If you’re sitting at home and waiting for the knocks on the door to start why not fill your treat bowl with healthy options? Fruit is a great option, fresh or dried but why not also try nuts, popcorn, fruit bars or oat cakes. If you didn’t want to offer food you could look for non food treats? Cool pens, pencils or rubbers, stickers or face paints and make up are all great options for alternative treats. Many people have fancy dress parties this time of year; this can mean lots of buffet food and alcohol. Social occasions such as Halloween don’t need to be a problem if you are watching your weight or following a health diet regime, offer to help out with the snacks and drinks on offer at the party. It will be easier to control the amount of calories you consume if you know what has gone in the food and drinks on offer; you’ll also be helping out a friend without making a big fuss about watching your weight. For a healthy supper and winter warmer, why not make pumpkin soup or cut into chucks and roast with some other vegetables? If you are carving pumpkins it’s a great way to use up all the left over bits and pieces, and you will find pumpkins on offer in the supermarkets this time of year. The vegetable is packed full of vitamins A, C, K and E, as well as being a great source of fibre. It’s great for minerals including, magnesium, potassium and iron and ideal for those on diets. So don’t be scared, Halloween is a time for the whole family to enjoy.
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