Halloween is fast approaching! Here at Culina Health, our dietitians are all about that all-foods-fit philosophy. We truly believe that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. And yes – that includes Halloween candy! That being said, we wanted to equip you with some of our top tips for enjoying that Halloween candy in a mindful, blood sugar friendly way. Nobody has time for sugar highs, crashes, and blood sugar chaos!
1 – Eat satiating, balanced, protein-dense meals throughout the day.
Just because you’re planning on indulging in some sugary treats doesn’t mean you should skip meals to “make up” for what you ate. Make sure to include protein, healthy fats and fiber in all of your meals. For breakfast, that might look like a veggie omelet with a piece of whole grain toast. For lunch, salads with beans or lentils of your choice and olive oil is easy and nutritious. And for dinner, have something nourishing like turkey chili with lots of vegetables and a side of wild rice.
2 – Don’t let yourself get too hungry – incorporate protein-dense snacks between meals!
If you eat lunch at noon, and dinner isn’t until 7pm, include an afternoon snack. If you don’t, you’ll likely reach the point of ravenous hunger. At that point, anyone would reach for 3 pieces of candy…or 4…or 5. Some snacks we love are a cheese stick and grapes, or cottage cheese with blueberries and cinnamon!
3 – Move your body!
Trick-or-treating is the perfect form of movement! Put all of that sugar to good use. And if trick-or-treating isn’t your thing, move your body in any way you like.
4 – Move on, business as usual.
Enjoying some Halloween candy isn’t bad, and you do not have to “make up for it” the next day. Eat your meals and snacks as you normally would. Maybe sneak in some extra water. Move your body. And remember that a few pieces of candy are negligible in the grand scheme of things.
But, if you are looking to change things up this year and make a healthier sweet treat to enjoy…we’ve also got you covered. These homemade chocolate peanut butter cups are a low-sugar treat, and pack a little bit of protein and healthy fat! What’s more – they require 4 ingredients and take all of 20 minutes to make!
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp flaky sea salt
- Pour chocolate chips and coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, then stir again. If the chocolate isn't melted and smooth, microwave for another 30 second interval.
- If using a muffin tin, line with mini muffin liners. Pro-tip - silicone ice cube trays work great, and don't require liners!
- Spoon about 1 T of the melted chocolate into each liner or mold. Place entire tray in freezer for about 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.
- Remove tray from refrigerator. Add about 1 tsp of peanut butter to each mold.
- Spoon the remaining melted chocolate over the top of the peanut butter in each mold, so that the peanut butter is completely covered.
- Sprinkle each cup with sea salt
- Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden and set.