Don’t let Halloween Treats Play a Trick on Your Scale!

 

As you get ready for your costume party and haunted house trips remember: Don't let the Halloween Treats play tricks on your scale! We know it can be tough to resist all of the calorie-fill delicious treats BUT with discipline you can make Halloween fun and wellness win! Here are a few tips to help curb the candy-cravings! 

  • Wait until the last minute to buy the goodies. This will help you only get what is left and you will be forced to select your least favorite kind of candy. 
  • Eat before trick or treating!  Having a healthy satisfying meal before going out for candies will help keep you from snacking.
  • Be the one to walk your trick-or-treaters around the neighborhood.  This will get you active and out in the fresh air.
  • Donate candy to a candy dump. Pick out your favorite “whoa” foods and get the rest out of the house.  Dentist office will sometimes have a dump.  

Our community trick-or-treaters need help resisting sugary candy as well! Try treating them to things other than candy like: Pretzels, Air Popped Popcorn, Tattoos, Glow in the Dark Bracelets, or Sugar-Free Gum! Or if you are into baking try this Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe! 

 

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (makes 6 cookies)

Ingredients:

- 1/2 c. oatmeal

- 2 T. PB2 (chocolate or regular)

- 1 packet Stevia (I prefer NuNaturals!)

- 1/2 Tb. Cinnamon

- 1/4 tsp vanilla

- 1/8 tsp baking powder

- 2 T. egg whites

- 1 T. apple sauce

- 2 T. water

Directions: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Then add the last three and stir well! Be careful not add to much water. If the batter is to runny you can add some more PB2 to thicken it up. Drop spoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. This batch made 6 small cookies for me (about 1.5 to 2 inches each). Cook for 15 minutes. Whatever you do, do not eat the batter. If you make the mistake of licking the spoon as your stirring you cannot stop, I learned the hard way!

 

Photo Source: Bro0ke on Flickr

 

Authored by: YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas