Just because Halloween is upon us doesn’t mean you have the excuse to pig out on sugary and sweet treats. It has been reported that the average American eats 24 pounds of candy a year, and most of that is likely consumed right around this time. Instead of devouring thousands of calories of empty energy, try these 3 healthier options!
1. Pumpkin seeds- Though pumpkins are fun to carve and make great jack-o-lanterns, they have other uses as well! Pumpkin seeds! Rich in zinc and loaded with magnesium, these seeds can help support a healthy diet. These minerals help the body generate protein and absorb energy from food, as well as nourish the brain and help with bone function.
2. Trail mix- This is an easy and quick snack that will give you way more energy than M&M’s or Snickers. Just throw together your favorite ingredients and there ya have it! Sunflower seeds, raisins, peanuts, and almonds are good choices to get your daily intake of protein. Have a sweet tooth? Add a few chocolate chips or yogurt covered raisins for just the right amount of sweetness, but not a chocolate overload.
3. Spiced Apple Cider (Witch’s Brew)- Less than 200 calories per serving, this simple recipe is yummy on a cool evening. Cider, cinnamon, and nutmeg is all you need, plus a tad bit of honey to sweeten it up! These spices help improve digestion, lower blood sugar, and calm nerves (a cup during finals week?!)
Of course you may still treat yourself with a snack size candy bar, but aim for making the healthier decisions this Halloween, your body will be thanking you later on.
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